ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwired - April 17, 2015) - Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced the opening of a new research and development (R&D) and manufacturing center in Andover, Massachusetts.

Dedicated to the development and testing of advanced detection technologies, Morpho Detection's new Andover facility houses its (ITMS™) Trace Explosives and Narcotics Detection Center of Excellence and the R&D and production facility for its newest product -- the SourceID™ handheld Radiation Isotope Identification Device (RIID).

Previously located in Middlesex County for more than 20-years, Morpho Detection has assembled and shipped more than 23,000 explosives and narcotics trace detectors from Massachusetts to airports, air cargo facilities, military and government installations and secure locations around the world.

"Morpho Detection is excited to continue our decades-long work developing advanced detection technologies in Massachusetts," said Karen Bomba, president and CEO, Morpho Detection. "Our new Andover facility gives us the space and facilities needed to meet the needs of our customers. As a result, next-generation explosives, narcotics and radiation detection solutions will be developed in Andover." 

Commenting on the new facility, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA-3) said: "Public and private sector collaboration plays a critical role in developing the advanced technologies that increase public safety effectiveness and efficiency, especially at important venues such as airports. Morpho Detection has a long track record of being at the forefront of developing innovative solutions to national and local security challenges. Their new research, development and manufacturing center is another example of the growing innovation and tech sector that has developed across the Third District due to our unique ecosystem, which brings together a skilled workforce, top-notch academic institutions, government support and cutting-edge companies in a myriad of industries."

A global leader in hold baggage explosives detection systems (EDS) and explosives trace detectors (ETD), Morpho Detection's solutions are currently deployed at airports, border crossings, air cargo screening facilities, military installations, critical infrastructure and secure locations around the world.

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About Morpho Detection
Morpho Detection, part of Morpho, Safran's (PAR: SAF) security business, is a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics and chemical, radiological, and nuclear detection systems for government, military, air and ground transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other high-risk organizations. Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography, trace (ITMS™), mass spectrometry, X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. Morpho Detection's solutions are deployed to help protect people and property the world over.

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