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

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MX908 unlocks detection capabilities for more than 2000 fentanyl variants

This new feature future-proofs MX908 against the ever-changing Fentanyl analog landscape with a novel classification algorithm that sets MX908 apart from any library-based technique.

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Case Study

Analysis Comparison of Street Fentanyl

During an incident at a suburban residence, a local HazMat team seized a small sample of what appeared to be street fentanyl. After an independent laboratory verified the presence of fentanyl, we were asked to participate in a technology comparison. We evaluated the effectiveness of three portable techniques: Raman, FT-IR, and high-pressure mass spectrometryTM (HPMS).

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CBRNE World Article

Detecting Trace Fentanyl

This article discusses the importance of mass spec (MS) sensitivity for the detection of fentanyls at trace levels and how 908 Devices’ improvements to MS technology – such as the introduction of Drug Hunter Mode – is closing field detection capability gaps.

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Mass Effect

October 2018

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C&EN article write up

Detecting traces of fentanyl in the field

Dave DiGregorio, the director of hazardous materials emergency response for the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, talks with C&EN magazine about the benefits of having MX908 on the scene

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Shrinking Mass Specs

May 29, 2018

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Video of the MX908

Fentanyl is entering the US in new and unexpected ways and this video shows one of the creative approaches taken. Watch MX908’s trace detection capabilities aid in the interception of this nefarious package quickly and safely.


Real-time footage of fentanyl detection

June 19, 2018

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In The News

“In the past 10 years we’ve seen a stark pivot in how fentanyl is being used. What was originally developed to help cancer patients combat pain is now being mixed into drugs such as heroin and cocaine, often unbeknownst to the buyer, for a cheaper sale,” said Dr. Christina Baxter, CEO of Emergency Response Tips, LLC and former Program Manager for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) subgroup at the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG). “As this problem has grown into an epidemic, new and innovative technologies will be instrumental in protecting first responders and communities from these threats and fighting this battle head on.”

Trace Detection Tools for Synthetic Opioids

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Looking for My China Girl

January 10, 2018

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About MX908

MX908TM leverages 908 Devices patented and award-winning high-pressure mass spectrometry (HPMS) to deliver dramatically enhanced sensitivity and broader threat category coverage. This second-generation tool increases mission support with unmatched flexibility and detection power for elite responders in chemical, explosive, drug, and high priority toxic industrial chemical (TIC) scenarios. Designed for true trace-level detection and identification for a variety of CBRNE and HAZMAT response missions, MX908 lightens the overall technology burden by obsoleting other less selective technologies from the response mission.

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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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