Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 14, 2004--
Emergency Filtration Products, Inc. (EFP) (OTCBB:EMFP)
announces that it has been awarded a Prototype Development/Testing/Evaluation
Grant (PDT&E) to develop a testing protocol for
filter media on behalf of the U.S. Military. As part
of this project, EFP will begin testing its licensed
nano-enhanced filter media at Edgewood Chemical Biological
Center in Edgewood, Maryland within the next few weeks.
The testing and evaluation process is expected to
take approximately one month to complete, following
which (assuming positive testing results), EFP expects
to sub-license its nano-enhanced filter media to a
Department of Defense approved manufacturer to enhance
existing filtration products that are currently used
by the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy, as well as to
commence development of new product applications that
will serve to better protect U.S. Military personnel.
"The award of the PDT&E grant from CCAT to
develop a standard filter media testing protocol for
the U.S. Military is a milestone for our company,"
said Douglas K. Beplate, President, EFP. "While
we originally expected to begin testing for the U.S.
Air Force last month, we have been requested to have
our filter technology tested for all branches of the
Military simultaneously." Mr. Beplate went on
to add, "We expect that the testing will not
only prove to be successful, but will also lead to
a rapid commercialization of our licensed nano-enhanced
filter media technology which will assist all branches
of the U.S. Military - Army, Air Force and Navy -
to incorporate our technology into applications that
will serve the U.S. Military worldwide."
For the past 18 months, EFP has been working in conjunction
with U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering
Command (RDECOM) to test its nano-enhanced 2H filter
technology in order to accelerate the commercial development
of a number of filter technology applications and
allow for rapid procurement by the U.S. Department
of Defense. RDECOM has been examining how to apply
the company's filter technology to a large number
of potential applications, including, but not limited
to: biohazard masks, transportation (aircraft, tanks,
armored personnel carriers) and buildings (military,
industrial, office and residential). The program has
conducted a number of cost and user needs analyses,
economic analyses and technical viability studies
of EFP's proprietary licensed 2H Filter technology.
Over 1,000 potential applications of EFP's filter
technology have been identified by RDECOM.
MISSION -- Get the right integrated technologies into
the hands of warfighters quicker.
VISION -- To be recognized as the preeminent world
leader in research, development and engineering of
systems, whose hallmark is transitioning the right
technology in the shortest time to our Soldiers.
INTENT -- The Commanding General of the U.S. Army
Materiel Command (AMC) established the U.S. Army Research,
Development & Engineering Command (RDECOM), as
a new major subordinate command within AMC. This new
command will restructure core in-house capabilities
now so we can fully exploit the enormous potential
that resides in research activities around the world.
RDECOM will respond rapidly by integrating, maturing
and demonstrating emerging technologies to field the
right equipment, in the shortest time, for our Soldiers.
ECBC is the nation's principal research and development
center for chemical and biological defense. Tracing
its roots back to 1917, ECBC leverages more than 85
years of experience with live agent to develop and
enhance defense systems.
ECBC seeks opportunities to develop partnerships with
industry, academia and state and local governments
to continue achieving major technological advances
for national defense, civilian protection and industrial
competitiveness. Complimenting these efforts, the
Center offers several unique facilities that provide
full life-cycle support to chemical and biological
protection, detection and monitoring capabilities.
The CCAT (http://www.ccatsandiego.org/index.shtml)-
supported by Congress and funded by the Department
of Defense - is a public-private collaborative partnership
between academia, industry, and government. Partners
include San Diego State University (SDSU) Foundation
and Entrepreneurial Management Center, the University
of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School and
UCSD CONNECT, and Lockheed Martin ORINCON Technologies,
Inc. with support from the Space and Naval Warfare
Systems Center, San Diego. The consortium-style CCAT
intends to bridge the gap that exists between the
generators of technology, the Department of Defense
and the commercial marketplace. EFP will also be working
in conjunction with the Office of Technology Transfer
and Commercialization (OTTC) at California State University,
San Bernardino (http://ottc.csusb.edu/), a CCAT partner
on this project.
About Emergency Filtration Products, Inc.:
EFP is an air filtration products manufacturer whose
patented 2H Technology(TM) filter system has produced
filtration efficiencies of 'greater than 99.99%' at
a particulate size of 0.027 microns. Its initial products
were developed for the medical market: the Vapor Isolation
Valve(TM) and RespAide(TM) CPR Isolation Mask used
for resuscitation of respiratory/cardiac arrest cases;
and the 2H Breathing Circuit Filter for ventilators,
respirators and anesthesia circuitry. Each has received
FDA approval. The Company also markets an Automated
External Defibrillator Prep Kit featuring RespAide
and the NanoMask(R), a nanotechnology enhanced environmental
mask. In addition to filtration products, the company
supplies Superstat(R), a modified hemostatic collagen,
to the US military for surgery and extreme wound care.
Emergency Filtration Products, Inc.
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Philippe Niemetz, 800-477-7570 or 212-344-6464