September 23, 2008

Ahura Scientific Expands Presence in China

FROM ANALYTICA, BOOTH #5122 -- Ahura Scientific, Inc., a leader in rugged, ultra-compact instruments for chemical identification, announced today it is increasing its global footprint in China with new projects and donations. During the last two years, Ahura Scientific's solutions have been used across Asia in a variety of ways, from pharmaceutical quality inspection for manufacturing to applications for emergency response that require field-deployed chemical identification technology.

Recently, the company's FirstDefender(R) handheld chemical identification system was used by officials for security inspections at the Beijing Summer Olympics. The Chinese Olympic security organizers chose FirstDefender for emergency response preparations in the rare event they faced a situation that required the rapid identification of narcotics, explosives, white powders, toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) or chemical warfare agents.

In addition, Ahura Scientific donated a FirstDefender instrument for use following the Sichuan Province earthquake just outside of Chengdu city. The donation was made to the hazardous materials specialist team based at the Chengdu airport and is being used for the inspection and classification of materials going into and out of the affected region.

"Though progress is being made, the impact of the Sichuan earthquake is still felt every day throughout the province," said Ma Zhong Shi, vice president of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Ltd. "Ahura Scientific's donation of the FirstDefender helps us to quickly evaluate inbound humanitarian aid received from around the world, speeding the delivery of resources to those in need."

FirstDefender is currently used by state, local, federal and foreign government agencies as well as civilian and military organizations worldwide. The instrument was built to high standards for ruggedness and provides exceptional accuracy and ease of use. To support Ahura Scientific's global customer base, FirstDefender and all documentation are localized in Chinese, as well as French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

"China is one of the strongest economies and most influential countries in the world, reinforced by its recent hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympics," said Doug Kahn, chairman and CEO of Ahura Scientific. "We are proud that our solutions were employed at the Olympic Games to ensure the safety of everyone involved -- from staff and competitors, to visitors and the surrounding community. In addition, we were pleased to learn how quickly China accepted our FirstDefender donation for use in the recent earthquake's aftermath. We look forward to working closely with the Chinese community to help with its ongoing chemical detection and pharmaceutical authentication efforts."

Ahura Scientific will be exhibiting from booth #5122 at the fourth annual Analytica show, taking place in Shanghai September 23rd-25th at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. To request a meeting at the show, please contact [email protected]

About Ahura Scientific, Inc.

Ahura Scientific, Inc. is a leading provider of a new class of ultra-compact analytical instruments. These rugged handheld instruments are used for real-time identification of chemical substances. Customers include government agencies and companies in the safety and security, pharmaceutical, and consumer products markets. Manufactured in the USA in an ISO 9001-certified facility, the company's products offer exceptional portability and performance. For more information, visit

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SOURCE: Ahura Scientific