Spotlight: Thermo Fisher Scientific equips officers to detect and identify chemicals, radioactive materials or explosive threats

The company works to protect against these threats with advanced technology and instruments that offer real-time security threat detection and results

Company name: Thermo Fisher Scientific
Headquarters: Tewksbury, Mass.
Signature Product: Range of Narcotics Identification products

1. What was the inspiration behind starting your company?
We have been very focused on analytical technologies and are widely known for providing innovative lab instruments and safety instruments. Bringing the benefits of lab technologies to the field for our user community.

2. What is your signature product and how does it work?
We have a range of Narcotics Identification products to fit agencies with different needs. You can see our full portfolio here.

3. Why do you believe your products are essential to the first responder community?
Our products provide touchless methods for the identification of narcotics and chemicals safely and quickly. We offer a portfolio of lab-proven and highly reliable narcotics and chemical identification products.

4. What has been the biggest challenge your company has faced?
The world of narcotics is constantly changing. New drugs or more potent drugs are emerging and disguising drugs (trace amounts) is becoming more common. We need to stay heavily involved in research and development so that we have instruments and tools to identify new and emerging drugs with flexible and expandable libraries for users.

Our mission is to continue to evolve. We also strive to stay ahead of the narcotics space to give officers peace of mind. That way, when they are using our technologies, they are in the right hands.

5. What makes your company unique?
We're backed by a reputable team that gives us access to incredible markets and expertise to build world class products and services (ie: financing for our products). We provide the resources that can better enable our customers and give them access to the right products and services.

6. What do your customers like best about you and your products?
Constantly introducing new product offerings, expanded libraries or new enhancement of technologies to speak to emerging and, most importantly, global needs.

7. What is the most rewarding part of serving the first responder community?
Charitable work – being able to give back to this community.

8. What's next for your company? Any upcoming new projects or initiatives?
We continue to focus on expanding the libraries of our instruments to stay ahead of any changing or emerging threats.

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