908 Devices Launches New Capabilities for Handheld MX908 Mass Spec Device to Speed Unknown Chemical Detection in the Field

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Facing the drug problem head on.

Controlled substances manufactured in clandestine laboratories, smuggled across our borders, or diverted from legitimate medical purposes continue to find their way into our communities. Illicit drugs come in many forms, from pure materials to street-cut mixtures.  Detecting and identifying all of them at trace levels with minimal exposure risk – especially for highly toxic synthetic opioids – is critical.


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Actionable intelligence in-hand.

Emergency Responders, Law Enforcement Officials and Border Security Agents need immediate and actionable intelligence on a wide variety of known and unknown materials. MX908® provides answers in minutes for field analysis, clandestine lab exploitation, and checkpoint operations.

Unseen. But not undetectable.

With sensitivity levels comparable to ion mobility mass spectrometry (IMS) and significantly enhanced selectivity, MX908 can detect trace quantities (nanogram levels) of priority threats amongst the myriad of interferents that plague other less selective technologies.

Hunting for drugs.

Drug Hunter Mode is an MX908 Mission Mode that optimizes detection capabilities for drugs like fentanyls, opioids, amphetamines and other high priority drugs-of-abuse. Advanced predictive classification algorithms unlock detection capabilities for more than 2000 fentanyl types.

MX908 Mission Modes

About MX908 Mission Modes

New MX908 Mission Modes enhance performance using specialized software configurations to optimize operational performance of existing hardware for mission objectives.

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  • Episode 1

A Brief History of Field Technology

The guys introduce themselves and give a brief history of how laboratory technology has evolved for field use since the early 2000’s.

  • Episode 2

Anthrax vs Fentanyl

Get some perspectives on how the “white powder” call has changed dramatically from the anthrax attacks of October 2001 to the synthetic opioid epidemic of more recent years.

  • Episode 3

Figures of Merit

On the nerdiest show so far, learn some of the scientific terms used to define the performance of analytical technologies and how they apply to the meters you use in the field.

  • Episode 4

What Category is Your Meter

Dave leads a discussion on the categories of technologies defined by SWGDRUG and how those categories can apply to using your meters together in the field.

  • Episode 5

Infrared Spectroscopy

In the first of a 3-part technology series, Mark leads a discussion on the basics of infrared spectroscopy and the enabling factors that made this powerful lab technique useful for emergency responders.

  • Episode 6

Raman Spectroscopy

In the second of a 3-part technology series, Dr. Christopher D. Brown joins the show to discuss field Raman meters, and you’ll learn some tips for measuring solid mixtures effectively and explosive materials safely.

  • Episode 7

Mass Spectrometry and IMS

In the final of a 3-part technology series, Dr. Chris Weber joins the gang as a member of F.A.S.T. to discuss mass spectrometry, GC-MS, and IMS, and the implications for field use by emergency responders.

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One Pot Meth

Hoax Explosive Threats

Trace Evidence

Street Fentanyl Overdose

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Analysis Comparison of Fentanyl

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Startup and Vapor Mode Demo

Trace Sampling Demo

Mission Mode Intro

Synthetic and Emerging Drug Trends

Aerosol Hazard Management 101

Emerging Chemical Threats: Novichoks, The Newcomers

Panel Discussion: The Emerging Threat Landscape

The Expanding Value of Technology in Investigations and Court

Novichoks in the News

Recon to Decon: A Toolbox Approach to Hazmat Response


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