ChemImage Sensor Systems is Selected by Edgewood Chemical Biological Center to Design the Chemical Fingerprint Identification System

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PITTSBURGH, January 7, 2015 — ChemImage Sensor Systems announces that it received a contract from the U. S. Army to develop the Chemical Fingerprint Identification System (CFIS), a specialized Raman microscope system for the identification of exogenous materials collocated with latent fingerprints.  This ability to identify specific drug or explosive particles with a specific person through the collocated fingerprint will provide valuable evidence to military and law enforcement agencies for the apprehension and conviction of terrorists and criminals.

This program is under the direction of the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC).  Under first task of this contract, ChemImage Sensor Systems will leverage its experience with the design and fabrication of Raman Chemical Imaging microscope systems to design the hardware, detection algorithms and operating software for the CFIS.  The contract also contains an option to build two CFIS units and participate in extensive Government qualification testing of the CFIS at ECBC.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our collaboration with the scientists at ECBC and particularly with the Laser Standoff Spectroscopy Branch,” stated Project Manager, Charles W. Gardner, Ph.D., PMP.  “ChemImage FALCON II Raman Chemical Microscope Systems enabled ECBC researchers to perform the proof of concept studies that made the contract feasible.  We are pleased to have been selected to take the product development to the next level.”

“The CFIS will be a significant addition to our product line of detection systems for explosive and drug residues,” stated Matthew P. Nelson, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and Business Director.  “ChemImage Sensor Systems will now be a single supplier of detection systems for standoff, macroscopic and microscopic identification of threat residues in support of law enforcement activities.”

About ChemImage Sensor Systems

ChemImage Sensor Systems develops innovative products that utilize patented imaging capabilities and leverage current in-the-field technologies to address the ever-changing landscape of chemical, biological and explosive (CBE) threats. ChemImage Sensor Systems has developed a series of chemical imaging sensors for point, proximity, remote and standoff detection and identification in both fixed site and on-the-move configurations, in order to protect military troops, security personnel and citizens. For more information, visit the website at

ChemImage Sensor Systems is a subsidiary of ChemImage Corporation, a leader in chemical imaging technology and instrumentation.

About ChemImage

ChemImage Corporation, a leader in hyperspectral and Raman chemical imaging technology provides innovative instrumentation, analysis software, contract services and expert consulting to government, industrial and academic organizations. The company’s proprietary, state-of-the-art imaging technology has many applications, including defense, security, pharmaceuticals, forensics and biomedical diagnostic research, which can reveal critical chemical and biological information from a variety of material systems.

ChemImage’s headquarters are located in Pittsburgh, PA, where it pioneers research and development, as well as providing engineering and manufacturing which develops innovative products for the global marketplace.