SPARK FY22 Chooses Mountain Horse Solutions and SE Defense Joint Project SSAMI RPA

December 8, 2021, Colorado Springs, CO USA – Mountain Horse Solutions, a U.S. Defense and Mission Critical Equipment Supplier, and their partner, SE Defense Technologies LLC, are pleased to announce that their biothreat diagnostic Safe Sampling and Multiplexing Indicator with Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (SSAMI RPA) project proposal has been selected for SPARK FY22 funding. Through SPARK, the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) fuels innovation and problem solving by providing funding for transformative projects. After competing against 59 entries, the SSAMI RPA project was one of six projects selected for funding. 

The SSAMI RPA project will develop a troop deployable rapid testing identification system that works in conjunction with the SSAMI Sampler from SE Defense Technology.  The project utilizes innovative Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (RPA) technology, a single tube, isothermal alternative to a polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The SSAMI platform is a fast, robust, and easy-to-use solution for rapid threat identification, particularly in high-pressure situations. It can be used for simply sampling liquids and powders and runs 12 isolated assays simultaneously. Coupled together, SSAMI RPA will ultimately provide a deployable confirmatory device for quicker actionable information in the field. SE Defense Technology and Mountain Horse are looking to deliver this capability in nine months.  

Chris Witts, Vice President of Sales said, “Mountain Horse is proud to support our Partner, SE Defense Technology, and their continued focus on innovation. The RPA project will deliver cost-effective capability enhancement to frontline troops, helping them identify, confirm, and take action against biological threats.” 

“We at SE Defense Technologies are thrilled at this opportunity to develop a product to give our front line first responders a truly portable far field forward PCR-like capability. Our goal is to provide our end users effective tools for the best actionable intelligence and scene management,” said Dr. Shawn Feaster, Ph.D., Managing Director, and CEO at SE Defense Technologies. 

About Mountain Horse Solutions
Mountain Horse Solutions supplies rapid response customized equipment, systems, and training for infectious disease, security, technology, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) hazards. We specially design innovative solutions to meet the individual unique threats, needs, and requirements of the military and first responders. Our team of professionals from around the globe has extensive experience with commercial, DOD, and U.S. Federal Government customers. Mountain Horse Solutions serves organizations, agencies, and contractors worldwide. To find out more visit:  

About SE Defense Technologies  

SE Defense Technologies was founded on the principle of providing easy-to-use identification tools for our Military and First Responders. Our platforms leverage proven technologies that we tailor to meet the needs of highly encumbered end users working in high pressure environments. These intuitive products allow for fast training (typically, less than five minutes) with 100% confidence that the trainee will be able to properly run the device as well as interpret the results. 

For more information, please contact:
Chris Witts, Mountain Horse Solutions
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