Biological Identification & Detection

3 May 2010

Veritide has successful exhibit at FDIC April 22-24 2010 Indianapolis IN

Veritide had another successful exhibit for the third year in a row at FDIC. We thank all of those attendess for coming by our booth in the Indiana Convention Center (ICC). We look forward to seeing you there next year!

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28 October 2009

Veritide showcased the CeekerTM at HIRT "Identification of Unknown Solids and Liquids" event in San Diego, CA

Veritide was invited by the Hazardous Incident Response Team (HIRT) of the County of San Diego to give a presentation and to demonstrate the capabilities of the CeekerTM.

The event was the 2nd Annual HIRT event and this year the focus was on the identification of chemicals and biological threats. There were only eight other companies presenting at this event, which was a great oppurtunity  to meet hazardous material teams from various agencies face to face and hear about the white powder incidents that they encounter on a daily basis.


2 October 2009

Veritide gains second place in the Asian Regional Final of the Global Security Challenge

 The Global Security Challenge Asia Regional Final took place in Singapore on Thursday October 1.

The competition finalists were five security and defense start-up companies from the Asia/ Australasia region. The other regional finals had already taken place in Europe and North America, and at the Global Security Summit in London on November 13, the overall winner will be announced.

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11 September 2009

Veritide has successful exhibition at The Continuing Challenge Hazmat Emergency Response Workshop September 9-10

We would like to thank those attendees that visited our booth at The Continuing Cahallenge in Sacramento, California. This was our first year at the event, and we look forward to exhibiting again next year.


15 August 2009

Veritide's CeekerTM Wins IBO 2009 Gold Award for Portable Analytical Instrument Industrial Design

Instrument Business Outlook (IBO) today announced the winners of the 15th annual IBO Design Awards for excellence in the industrial design of analytical instruments, portable analytical instruments and laboratory equipment.

Veritide's CeekerTM was successful in winning the Gold Award in its category of Portable Analytical Instruments. The organizers were impressed by the Ceeker TM and stated that the innovative industrial design clearly distinguishes it by creating an appealing visual appearance and enhanced end-user experience.

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26 June 2009

Veritide's presentation at Biodetection Technologies 2009

Our principal scientist, Lou Reinisch, PhD,  presented on Friday June 26 at 11:00, at the 14th International Conference Biodetection Technologies 2009 in Baltimore, MD. The presentation was titled "The Veritide Ceeker™: A Close Look at the Function and Performance of this Handheld Bacterial Spore Detector". For more information, please follow this link 14th Biodetection Technologies conference


25 June 2009

Independent U.S. Study Confirms Veritide's Ceeker™ Handheld Device Detects Anthrax With Outstanding Accuracy and Reliability

Baltimore, MD, and Christchurch, NZ - June 25, 2009

Veritide Ltd., a developer of innovative biological identification and detection solutions, today reported that new independent data to be presented at the Biodetection Technologies 2009 conference confirm the exceptional accuracy of its Ceeker™ (pronounced “seeker”) portable bacterial detection device in discriminating between anthrax spores and similar-looking hoax substances.  The data show that in over two weeks of testing at the Midwest Research Institute in Florida, the company’s Ceeker scanner accurately identified 100% of the anthrax samples used and was correct in 95% of tests involving hoax substances. These test results are consistent with similar results produced last year by a New Zealand forensic testing agency, Environmental Science and Research (ESR).

“We knew that our innovative Ceeker is capable of producing outstanding results in distinguishing between anthrax and look-alike hoax substances, and now we have definitive data confirming its performance,” said Andrew Rudge, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Veritide.  “Even better, these extraordinary results were generated by a small portable handheld system that requires no special skills or training to operate and that can produce a result within minutes, enabling first responders to rapidly determine whether the situation is a nuisance or a major threat to public health.”

The Ceeker employs optical detection technology developed at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury.  It uses ultraviolet light and special algorithms to detect bacterial spores and provides test results within minutes, without the need for wet chemistry or analytic processes that can be difficult to handle in the field.  The Ceeker is capable of producing test results from very small amounts of sample and does not consume or destroy the sample being tested, allowing it to be re-analyzed later for forensic applications. 

In contrast, existing detection approaches require longer and more complex processing to distinguish anthrax from other substances (between 30 minutes and three days), their accuracy is inferior to the Ceeker and the sample is typically destroyed during testing.

The new data will be presented on June 26, 2009 at Biodetection Technologies 2009 by Professor Lou Reinisch, an inventor of the Ceeker technology and Professor of Physics and Department Head at Jacksonville State University in Alabama.  Prof. Reinisch noted, “It is gratifying to present these outstanding results from a system that has so much potential to reduce the large costs and losses in productivity and peace of mind caused by our current inability to easily distinguish between anthrax spores and harmless white powder.  These new data definitively confirm the validity of the detection concepts underlying the Ceeker and should help fuel its wider use among such first responders as fire and police departments, HazMat teams, postal services, port and airport security, and defense and military authorities.”

John Delaney is Captain, Arlington County, Virginia Fire Department and Manager, National Medical Response Team-National Capital Region, home to the Pentagon and many other major U.S. government and corporate facilities.  Capt. Delaney commented, “With responsibility for helping to ensure the safety of the hundreds of thousands of people who live and work in the Capital Region, my department welcomes the availability of technologically advanced solutions that enhance our ability to carry out our mission.  The Veritide Ceeker is an excellent example—it is extremely versatile, easy-to-use and fast—results are ready in minutes.  Most importantly, the new test data being presented this week confirm that the Ceeker is very reliable, enabling front-line decision makers to rapidly and confidently validate initial threat assessments that can ultimately have a far-reaching impact on public safety and well-being.  The National Capital Region generally receives on average one alert a day or more regarding the potential presence of anthrax, so this device can only enhance our first responder capabilities and accuracy.”  

The Ceeker has also been previously validated by forensic laboratory ESR, which conducted multiple rounds of testing using anthrax simulants and hoax substances.  The successful U.S. test results have triggered significant sales from U.S. customers who had pre-ordered the Ceeker but were waiting for positive direct anthrax testing results before proceeding.

Dr. Rudge added, “Achieving these results represents a significant milestone and positions Veritide as the first company to offer proven technology capable of accurately and reliably detecting lethal anthrax spores, and to do so without destroying the sample.  These new testing results are expected to unlock large potential markets for Veritide in North America and around the globe.  We currently are in the process of identifying potential partners and additional investors to ensure this important technology is available worldwide.”

The 14th International Biodetection Technologies conference is being held June 25-26, 2009 at the Marriot Baltimore Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD.  Dr. Reinisch’s presentation is scheduled at 11:00 am EDT on June 26, 2009.  For more information visit


8 June 2009

Veritide has successful exhibition at the International Hazardous Materials Response Team Conference

We would like to thank all the conference attendees that visited our booth at the Baltimore Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, Maryland, during the International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference during May 29-30. This was the first time we had exhibited at this conference and were overwhelmed by the positive response to our product and look forward to exhibiting again next year.


27 April 2009

Veritide has successful exhibition at FDIC April 23-25 2009, Indianapolis IN

We would like to thank all the people who visited our booth this year and look forward to meeting you next year at FDIC 2010 in Indianapolis!


1 December 2008

New name for Veritide's Bacterial Spore Detector: Ceeker™

Veritide recently became aware of another product with a similar name to Scout, and has therefore decided to change names and re-brand at this early stage to minimize confusion. Effective immediately, Veritide's Bacterial Spore Detector previously known as "Scout" will now be known as Ceeker™ (pronounced See-ker).

This change only affects the name of the bacterial spore detector. The product remains otherwise unchanged- the technical specifications, operational procedures, and performance remain identical. Veritide's Ceeker™ still offers First Responders rapid and reliable screening for anthrax in a hand-held portable detector. 


30 September 2008  GSC top5


Veritide is one of the top fifteen high-tech companies in the world selected for the Global Security Challenge (GSC).

GSC was founded by MBA students at the London Business School and is the first global competition to feed the growing market for new security technologies.  It is sponsored by TSWG of the US Government, Accenture, Smiths Detection, PegasusBridge Fund Management, BAE Systems, ONR Global and the US Department of Homeland Security, among others.


14 April 2008

Veritide's hand-held bacterial spore detector was exhibited and well received at the 2008 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, USA on April 10-12. 


15 September 2006

A new weapon in the fight against bioterrorism

Hand-held technology capable of detecting anthrax spores and other bacterial spores within minutes is being taken to the international marketplace by the University of Canterbury’s commercial arm, Canterprise, and venture capital firms Endeavour i-Cap and Ngai Tahu Equities.

The lightweight, portable Veritide bacterial spore detector is about the size of a large coffee mug and is the result of work by Associate Professor Lou Reinisch from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury.

Tests have found the technology to be 99 percent accurate and capable of producing a result within minutes.

The product will be marketed by Veritide Limited, a new Christchurch start-up company developing biological identification and detection equipment.

Veritide Chairman, Neville Jordan, who is also the president of Endeavour Capital, says current spore detection technology is complicated and time-consuming, resulting in lengthy detection times and reduced reliability.

“The fact that this technology is hand-held, portable, easy to use, fast-working and very reliable makes us very excited about its potential.”

He says the optical technology in the Veritide device detects the physical characteristics of spores, providing rapid on-site information for critical decision-making.

“Let’s say in the case of a white powder incident, where there is concern that a powder that has fallen out of an envelope could be anthrax, then this technology could be placed over the powder and would determine within minutes whether it is anthrax or something harmless.”

Mr Jordan envisages the technology will attract interest from emergency and security services, and the military. Interest is also expected from the food processing industry.

“Testing the quality of milk powder is one example of the potential in this area. At the moment, it would take three days to conduct quality testing. This technology could be installed at a processing facility and provide results pretty much instantly.”

Canterprise CEO Dr John Chang says the Veritide detector is a good example of the potential that can be realised when universities and venture capitalists work together.

“This highlights that when good university research and smart money combine, great investment opportunities are created.”

Graeme King, General Manager of Ngai Tahu Equities, agrees.

“We believe the spore detection technology from the University of Canterbury represents an exciting and promising investment opportunity, and Ngai Tahu Holdings is proud to announce this investment in Veritide.”


15 September 2006

New Zealand launches into the war on bioterrorism

The clean green shores of New Zealand might seem like an unlikely place for a company to enter the war on bioterrorism. However, Veritide Limited is a new Christchurch start-up company in biological identification and detection equipment.

Based upon technology developed in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury, the first product is a hand-held detector that can identify bacterial spores in a matter of minutes. The process is optically based using a proprietary optical recognition protocol. 

Veritide has the financial backing of Endeavour iCap and Ngai Tahu Equities. The Chairman of the Board is Neville Jordan, the Chair of Endeavour Capital. 

How important is a bacterial spore detector? There are hundreds of white powder incidents each week in the world. A white powder incident is when an unknown substance spills from an envelop or is discovered in a building. There is no simple, rapid test that first responders can currently use to rule out the possibility that the powder contains anthrax spores. In most instances, the powder is sent to a laboratory where the identification process can take three days. “Three days is too long for someone potentially exposed to anthrax spores to wait. If someone is exposed to anthrax, treatment should begin immediately. It is the goal of Veritide to provide this crucial information to protect everyone.” according to Neville Jordan.

“Our bacterial spore detector is as simple to use a torch.” explains the inventor, Lou Reinisch. “Our target is a device that can be used while wearing a hazardous material suit and does not destroy the sample to permit further testing. Our approach to spore detection is unique.”

The technology has applications in medicine and food processing in addition to bioterrorism. Veritide sees a line of products that will be developed and built in New Zealand. “We intend to be known as a company that provides security and peace-of-mind.” adds Neville Jordan.

Biosecurity has always been important to New Zealand, so the broader scope of Veritide to develop a full range of biological detection and identification products is a natural fit.