GeneCapture, a startup company in the research and development phase, is prototyping a portable, automated device to detect and identify pathogens in less than one hour. This rapid detection device could be applied to human and animal health as well as agriculture. The company’s technology is based on a patented DNA hybridization process and on a patented high-performance optical scanning technique. GeneCapture is participating in a validation pilot with Huntsville Hospital. Lab proofs have been conducted on human, plant and animal pathogens.