Kimothy Smith, chief technology adviser at life sciences firm PositiveID Corp. of Delray Beach, which specializes in biological detection and diagnostics systems, recently chaired a health care innovation panel the National Defense Industrial Association's Health Affairs Biodefense Summit in Washington, D.C.
Smith also is senior director for the Las Vegas-based Applied Innovation Center for Advanced Analytics of the Desert Research Institute and a professor of microbiology and epidemiology at the University of Nevada’s School of Community Health Sciences.
The summit, organized around the theme of “Planning Pandemic Prevention — Preserving Posterity,” offered round-table discussions, panels and speakers on topics including military-civilian cooperation, biowarfare, national readiness for health events, surveillance.
Smith currently helps in the development and testing of PositiveID's Firefly Dx, a handheld product that produces diagnostic results in real time, creating a desirable shortcut when compared to the traditional hours and days customarily spent waiting for lab results.
PositiveID’s Firefly Dx can detect pathogenic organisms and has applications for agricultural and food screening.