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Toxin Guard™ comes to the army's defense

TORONTO, PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armament Command, Armament Research, Development & Engineering Center (ARDEC) and Toxin Alert Inc. (TOX-V and TOXAF-OTC) announced today the execution of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for Diagnostic Packaging Materials which will evaluate and further develop Toxin Alert's patented Toxin Guard(TM) technology for purposes of military packaging and homeland security applications.

Under the Agreement, work will be performed at the U.S. Army's Picatinny Arsenal (ARDEC) in New Jersey, the Toxin Alert Inc. headquarters in Toronto, ON, Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS, and The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Any new developments or applications arising under the Agreement will be utilized by the U.S. Army for military and defense purposes, and by Toxin Alert for commercial purposes. "ARDEC will definitely put Toxin Guard(TM) through its paces," said Ted Petroff, Toxin Alert's Exec. Vice President. "Toxin Alert has the unique opportunity to work with outstanding researchers with a broad range of technical and application knowledge at both the universities and the military."

Earlier, Toxin Alert and ARDEC jointly submitted Toxin Guard(TM) as a solution to homeland security concerns outlined in a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) made by the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) for Combating Terrorism.

About the Picatinny Arsenal (ARDEC)

Home of American Firepower: Picatinny's mission is to support Army transformation goals. In an effort to streamline the acquisition process and to deliver on soldiers' needs exactly when they need them - and at an affordable price - Picatinny has established increasingly close partnerships with universities and industry partners, involving them in collaborative efforts early in the research and development process. Picatinny has unique laboratories and special facilities to evaluate prototype designs. These facilities are also available to Picatinny's contractors and other government agencies that are part of the national energetic consortium established by Picatinny and the Army Research Laboratory.

About Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University, a land-grant and sea-grant institution founded in 1878, is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive Institution and the largest university in Mississippi. MSU has more than 16,000 students (20 % of whom are graduate students); has more than 930 full-time faculty members and approx. 4,000 full time employees; has total revenues of more than US $ 460 million; and has research expenditures of more than $ 150 million.

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi is a Carnegie research extensive university with a student body of more than 15,000. With two campuses and five teaching and research sites across south Mississippi as well as in France, Mexico, England, and Spain, The University of Southern Mississippi serves the state, the Southeastern U.S. region, and the entire nation. The university is nationally recognized for its programs in polymer science, marine science, education, psychology, international studies, arts, hydrography and economic development. For more information, please visit

About Toxin Alert

Toxin Alert is a biotechnology company dedicated to bringing its Toxin Guard(TM) technology to market. Toxin Guard(TM) is a patented system of placing antibody-based tests on polymer packaging films to detect pathogens or other selected micro organisms. The company aims to leverage its patented technology into a commercialized food safety product. The technology has numerous potential applications in several other fields.

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Source: Toxin Alert Inc.

CONTACT: Dr. T. Edward Petroff, Exec. Vice President,
Toxin Alert Inc., Tel: (416) 213-0990; Dr. Patrick B. Black, ARDEC Enterprise
Management, Medical Device Development and Nanotechnology Group, Bldg. 1, 3rd Floor, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806, Tel: (973) 724 3179








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