LAWRENCE, Mass., July 31, 2013 — Spectral Evolution’s SM-3500 spectrometer is suited for screening applications in manufacturing facilities, warehouses, hospitals, pharmacies and field locations for the detection of counterfeit drugs. Operating in the UV-VIS-IR spectral range from 350 to 2500 nm, the device uses spectral matching and principal-component analysis to identify and authenticate drug samples against a known reference. Samples require little to no preparation, and sample analysis is as quick as one per second. The device can measure structural and chemical characteristics while the drug is still in its packaging, and third-party chemeometrics analysis programs can be used to analyze active-ingredient concentrations and excipients. The portable spectrometer can be operated by nonscientific personnel.