Nikira Labs Inc., a small, women-owned business that specializes in bringing cutting-edge, optical technologies to market, is developing a robust, laser-based analyzer to measure trace levels of volatile, airborne toxins without any sample handling effects (e.g. “stickiness” and reactivity). This analyzer can be deployed aboard both next-generation and existing submarines as part of NAVSEA’s ongoing efforts to improve air handling systems and hazard monitoring. In addition to measuring currently inaccessible compounds (e.g. acrolein, formaldehyde, ozone…), the analyzer can make distributed measurements in specific shipboard areas, resulting in lower costs and improved safety. Nikira Labs Inc. seeks to deploy its suite of laser-based analytical technologies to address other DoD applications and find a prime contractor to work with us to transition our technology into the fleet.