Research International, Inc.

Research International, Inc.

Since 1990, Research International, Inc. has been at the forefront of CBRNe technology and innovation. Located near Seattle in the city of Monroe, Washington, Research International is based in an 18,000 square-foot facility supporting manufacturing and R&D, with a team of dedicated engineers and scientists specializing in CBRNe technology. Our focus areas include sensors and instrumentation for measuring chemical, biological, and physical parameters, with over 20 years of experience designing and manufacturing discrete sensor devices and integrated CBRNe systems. Our primary focus is equipment for worldwide counter-terrorism efforts, ranging from handheld sampling and detection equipment to large monitoring systems for mail threat screening and public infrastructure protection.

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17161 Beaton Road SE , Monroe , Washington 98272-103 USA
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Industry Type:
Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Research International, Inc. is a high-technology company in suburban Seattle, Washington, specializing in contract research and development with particular expertise in optical chemical and biological sensing, micromachining and microfluidics, and miniature rechargeable battery technology. RI's products and services are characterized by a high level of innovation and interdisciplinary problem-solving, representative of the broadly diverse team of scientists and engineers working at the company.

Research International emphasizes hardware implementation of all research and development efforts and thus maintains an on-site machine shop, plus well-equipped microfabrication and chemistry/biochemistry laboratories. The manufacturing department, containing electronics, optics, and mechanical assembly areas, is designed for small to medium production runs. Research International excels at rapidly converting proof-of-principle bench technology to pre-production and production instrumentation.

We specialize in contract research and development, with particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Development of new and innovative optical chemical, biological, and other parameter sensors
  • Micromachining and microfluidics in developing advanced products
  • Miniature rechargeable battery technology
  • Developing and implementing software to operate instruments and integrate CBRNe systems
  • Extensive microparticle air sampling capability to collect biological and radiological samples from the air
  • Advanced technology to manage airflows in air samplers, detectors, and CBRNe systems to insure agents are reliably detected by installed sensors

Over the past 19 years Research International, Inc. has developed prototypes and retail products for numerous companies and government agencies including:

  • BAE Systems
  • Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO)
  • Bechtle Plant Machinery, Inc.
  • Canon Chemical, Inc.
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Department of Agriculture (DOA)
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • General Electric
  • Joint Special Operations Command (JOSC)
  • Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
  • North American Space Agency (NASA)
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • US Army Soldier Systems Command (NATICK)
  • Westinghouse-Bettis

Some of these include the products detailed below.

Research International facilities support a multidisciplinary focus in the areas of electro-optics and fiber optics, electronics, mechanical design, synthetic organic chemistry, bio-chemistry, fluid dynamics, and micromachining/vacuum technology.

Support tools include a full wet lab and ancillary photolithographic equipment for micromachining; a Hitachi® S-415A SEM; Dektak® III surface profiler; Airco Temescal® e-beam evaporator; and a CVC 601 RF magnetron sputtering system. Optics hardware includes Kodak® Megaplus CCD camera system; Synrad® CO2 laser; precision surface grinder; MicroAutomation® 1006A programmable dicing saw; Buehler® fiber polisher; ultrasonic fiber cleaver, and custom computer-controlled spectrometers. Software for optical design includes OPTICADT, Xemax-XE™, and BeamPropT™. Electronics capabilities include Tango™ circuit board design; Micro-Cap™ V simulation; Forth™, Basic™ and C™ software packages, and miscellaneous tools and equipment (surface mount and though-hole board designs are supported) including an NCI® PA600 logic analyzer; Tektronix® 7603,7633, and 1720A oscilloscopes. The manufacturing facility of 1,500 sq ft includes assembly areas, with an Asymtek© model 403 robot, a 6-station controlled humidity glove box with vacuum interchange, and testing areas with environmental and sterilization chambers.

An on-site chemistry lab is equipped for standard organic and biochemical laboratory techniques, including air and moisture-sensitive compounds, bioassay development, and functionalized surface development. Hardware includes capillary and standard column gas chromatographs; HPLC and gel electrophoresis equipment; UV-Vis® diode array spectrophotometer, spectrofluorometer, and a Perkin-Elmer® Series 1600 FTIR.

Research Machine is a subsidiary of Research International, Inc., a contract research and development company serving the medical, military, and commercial markets. Working in conjunction with Research International's staff of scientists and engineers, Research Machine is well-supported in the areas of mechanical and optical design, synthetic organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and electronic design and layout.