UES Awarded Molecular Signatures Program
November 01, 2013
UES, Inc. was recently awarded $46.2M from the Air Force Research Laboratory 711th HPW/RHXBC to develop technologies to discover, characterize, detect, and analyze complex biosignatures in order to provide tools for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and human performance assessment. The project was awarded on November 14, 2013 and will be completed over a 6.5 yr period.
Dayton, OH - UES, Inc. proposed to develop multiple sensing modalities which will be utilized to qualitatively and quantitatively identify molecular signatures. Molecular signatures from humans, the environment, and biological pathogens will be identified by the UES Team and validated for specificity and selectivity. These signatures will be integrated into human-centric ISR solutions and tested both in the laboratory and under conditions that would be experienced in an operational environment.
Current ISR technologies mainly involve detection, characterization, deterrence, and engagement of traditional targets, such as enemy aircraft and vehicles. These approaches cannot adequately monitor Irregular Warfare, which is more human centric, so advances in types, targets and speed of intelligence acquisition are required. Therefore, UES will focus on gathering biologically derived information, including molecular biosignatures and physiological status, regarding the innate cellular and sub-cellular characteristics of the human target and agents that act on that target.
About UES Inc:
Founded in 1973, UES provides research and development expertise to government and industry customers and develops technologies and research products for transition to military and commercial applications. UES expertise includes materials science, metallurgy, ceramics, processing science, modeling and simulation, surface engineering, materials characterization, biotechnology, sensor development, nanomaterials and power conversion and analysis.