SRC Awarded Contract to Combat Emerging Chemical Threats for the Warfighter

CRISTAL CLEARR Will Enhance In Silico Approaches to Develop Rapid and Accurate Exposure Assessments of Chemical Agents


November 4, 2019

Syracuse, NY – SRC, Inc., was recently awarded a $1.5 M contract from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to develop a predictive tool that will rapidly characterize the toxic nature of previously uncharacterized chemicals that may pose a toxic, life endangering threat to our nation’s warfighters.

Under this contract, SRC and DTRA will develop a new tool called Computational Rapid Identification and Scientific Threat Analysis (CRISTAL) Combined Logical Estimation Application for Rapid Results (CLEARR). This new predictive cheminformatics tool will assist decision makers and countermeasure developers by providing rapid access to critical information.

“SRC has over 20 years of experience helping to protect against chemical and biological threats,” said Paul G. Tremont, CEO of SRC, Inc. “Our team’s extensive knowledge of complex chemistry and strong software engineering skills will be key assets in developing these tools to enhance the safety of our warfighters.”

SRC’s scientists and engineers will integrate the best available in silico approaches that leverage molecular structure based Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships (QSARs) and Quantitative Structure Property Relationships (QSPRs), models and algorithms into a single application to enhance the Department of Defense’s capability to predict physicochemical properties for assessing a chemical’s potential toxicity and environmental fate.

About SRC

SRC, Inc. (@SRCDefense), a not-for-profit research and development company, combines information, science, technology and ingenuity to solve “impossible” problems in the areas of defense, environment and intelligence. Across a family of companies, SRC applies bright minds, fresh thinking and relentless determination to deliver innovative products and services that are redefining possible® for the challenges faced by America and its allies.

Since 1957, SRC’s commitment to the customer and the best solution — not the bottom line — has remained a core value that guides its efforts. This passion for quality carries through to the technologies the company invents and manufactures, the laboratories and facilities it builds, the people they hire, and communities where they work. Today, more than 1,600 engineers, scientists and professionals work together at SRC to protect people, the environment and our way of life.