In 2001 before the 9/11 attacks, Lars Thomsen was in related matters to patch-clamping working with the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) in Sweden about the development of a biological warfare agent detection system. At the outbreak of the Anthrax attacks in USA Lars Thomsen was contacted by the Danish military who wanted to support and propel the research forward. A treaty ERG1.005 was formed between Denmark and Sweden with the purpose of hosting this research jointly between the two countries and different prototypes were carried out. It was quickly demonstrated the new technologies developed by Lars Thomsen was capable of capturing spores of biowarfare agents directly from the air – the prerequisites to develop fully automated diagnostics from aerosol samples.
The pictures show Lars Thomsen working in a military facility with biological warfare agent simulants closely matching the biological functions of real biowarfare agents but otherwise not being harmful to humans. The data shows the impressive capture rates achieved in the preliminary chip designs for aerosol sampling.