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908 Devices, Inc.. (9/9/14). "Press Release: 908 Devices Awarded $2.6 Million in Growth Funding for Enhancements and New Developments in Trace Explosive Analysis".

Region Region United States (USA)
Organisations Organisation 908 Devices Inc.
  Organisation 2 United States (govt)
Products Product high-pressure mass spectrometry (HPMS™ technology)
  Product 2 M908™ handheld mass spectrometer
Index term Index term 908 Devices–United States (govt): grant, 201409– grant $2.6m multi-year from TSWG to develop hand-held device using HPMS
Person Person Knopp, Kevin J. (908 Devices 201303 CEO + Co-founder before Thermo Fisher + Ahura Scientific)

908 Devices, a pioneer of purpose-built analytical devices for chemical analysis, announces the award of $2.6M in funding from the U.S government’s Technical Support Working Group (TSWG). This multi-year award covers development and testing of a handheld device that leverages 908 Devices’ patented High Pressure Mass Spectrometry™ (HPMS), which also powers the flagship M908™ device. The focus is to achieve even higher levels of selectivity and sensitivity with HPMS for field identification and detection of trace explosives.

HPMS enhancements engineered under this effort will increase the capability to identify an even broader target list of explosives and precursor materials at trace levels with the same speed, fidelity and confidence achieved today. All advancements under this program will be immediately realized by the commercially available M908 device and future complementary products. One performance enhancement already put into M908 production is a custom HPMS detector that has instantly doubled the systems’ sensitivity.

“The opportunity to collaborate with TSWG stakeholders across federal, state and local agencies enables us to better address user needs and expand applications of our HPMS technology,” says Dr. Kevin Knopp, co-founder and CEO of 908 Devices. “Our HPMS technology platform is the cornerstone of 908 Devices’ products. It is our ambition to progressively improve performance capabilities for current and future products.”

About M908

M908 is the first product line engineered by 908 Devices providing civilian users, first responders and military teams with unique capabilities for material analysis. Weighing in at just 4.4 pounds, the portable device is battery powered and designed for effortless operation in full personal protective equipment (PPE). An expandable threat list enables M908 to adapt with each mission and serve as a truly proactive performance tool in the hot zone. Prior to the introduction of M908, the powerful capabilities of mass spec were primarily limited to the laboratory because of cumbersome size and weight, fragility and complex machinery requiring highly trained experts. 908 Devices’ development of patented HPMS technology enables M908 to operate in the field with unprecedented levels of selectivity and sensitivity. This groundbreaking technology was recently awarded The 2013 Analytical Scientist Innovation Award, which recognizes the best technological advances of analytical sciences each year and received the Instrument Business Outlook’s 2014 Gold Award for portable analytical instrument industrial design. M908 was selected for its innovative industrial design that clearly distinguishes the device by creating an appealing visual appearance and enhanced end-user experience.

About TSWG

The Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) is the U.S. national forum that identifies, prioritizes, and coordinates interagency and international research and development (R&D) requirements for combating terrorism. TSWG rapidly develops technologies and equipment to meet the high priority needs of the anti-terrorism community, and addresses joint international operational requirements through cooperative R&D with major allies. TSWG operates as a program element under the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office. Su

Financial support by CTTSO does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of the results or conclusions of the project by either CTTSO or the Department of Defense.

About 908 Devices

908 Devices is liberating the powerful capabilities of Mass Spectrometry from the confines of centralized laboratories. 908 Devices’ products range from rugged, handheld chemical detection tools to compact, tiny footprint analyzers for researchers, serving a range of industries including safety and security, energy, petrochemical, and life sciences. Founded in 2012, by a proven team of industry and technology veterans, 908 Devices is based in Boston’s Innovation District.

To find out more about M908 email You can also follow us on Twitter at @908devices and on LinkedIn at

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