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Company Overview of National Institute of Standards and Technology

Company Overview

National Institute of Standards and Technology owns and operates physical science laboratories that provide measurement, standards, and technology solutions. It conducts research in the areas of engineering, physical measurement, information technology, material measurement, nanoscale science and technology, and neutron research. The company offers products and services, such as calibrations, computer security, databases, laboratory accreditation, measurement, research library, standard reference, standards, traceability, and weights and measures. It also offers programs and projects in various subjects, including bioscience and health, building and fire research, chemistry/math/physics, ele...

100 Bureau Drive

Gaithersburg, MD 20899

United States

Founded in 1901



Key Executives for National Institute of Standards and Technology

Chief Manufacturing officer
Director of Standards Coordination Office
Director of Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards & Technology and Director
Senior Executive Advisor
Director of The Physical Measurement Laboratory
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Key Developments

SeraCare Life Sciences and National Institute of Standards and Technology Partner on Development of Circulating Tumor DNA Reference Standards for Diagnostics

SeraCare Life Sciences and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have signed a three-year Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA) to advance the development of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) diagnostic assay reference standard materials. Detection of cell-free circulating tumor DNA is a promising method with the potential to diagnose, profile, and monitor cancer, and there is an acute need for standards to compare the detection limits of diagnostic assay development. Under the terms of the agreement, SeraCare will provide their Seraseq ctDNA Reference Material technology to NIST for development of digital PCR measurement methodologies, and NIST will facilitate a wider distribution of these materials to anonymized laboratories for inter-laboratory comparisons. The joint efforts are meant to hasten the development of calibrated reference standards for circulating tumor DNA critical for expanding the use of these technologies into the translational research and diagnostic labs.

Kiersten Todt to Join National Institute of Standards and Technology Team and Serve as Executive Director of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced that Kiersten Todt to join the Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) team and serve as the Executive Director of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Todt will be working directly with the Commission Chair Tom Donilon, former National Security Advisor to President Obama, Vice Chair Sam Palmisano, former CEO of IBM, and other Commissioners who will soon be selected. Prior to her appointment at the Commerce Department, Kiersten Todt was the President and Managing Partner of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC (LGV).

NIST Releases SHA-3 Cryptographic Hash Standard

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released the final version of its "Secure Hash Algorithm-3" standard, a next-generation tool for securing the integrity of electronic information. SHA-3 is the first cryptographic hash algorithm NIST has developed using a public competition and vetting process that drew 64 submissions worldwide of proposed hashing algorithms. The new standard--Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 202, SHA-3 Standard: Permutation-Based Hash and Extendable-Output Functions available for download from NIST's website. Hash algorithms are broadly useful in the world of electronic communications. They transform a digital message into a short "message digest" for use in digital signatures and other applications. Even a small change in the original message creates a change in the digest, making it easier to detect accidental or intentional changes to the original message. Hash functions can be used in a variety of security applications such as message authentication. They also are useful during routine software upgrades to make sure that the new software has not been tampered with. SHA-3 is not the only family of hash functions that NIST approves for hashing electronic messages; the SHA-2 family, specified in FIPS 180-4 that NIST approved for use in 2002, remains secure and viable.

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