Morpho Detection names new CEO

Morpho Detection, Inc. (MDI), a manufacturer of explosives and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) detection systems, announced this week that Dennis Cooke, who has served as the company’s president and CEO for more than six years, is leaving to take a position at Ryder System, Inc.

According to a statement, Cooke will be succeeded by Brad Buswell, who joined the company in July 2010 after serving as Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to DHS, he held various leadership roles in the U.S. Navy, including executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Research, Office of Naval Research. He also worked as manager of government relations for GE.

"Brad Buswell’s unique combination of government and business experience along with leadership skill makes him the clear choice to lead Morpho Detection to continued and further success," Morpho Detection Chairman of the Board Jay Cohen said in the statement. "The board and I have complete confidence in Brad’s ability to continue and enhance Morpho Detection’s track record of homeland security leadership. At the same time, we are appreciative of Dennis’ strong leadership, which will be missed."

In addition, the company also announced that it has completed its acquisition of California-based Syagen Technology, which develops products that use mass spectrometry technology.

MDI said it expects the acquisition to bolster its position as a provider of explosives and narcotics trace detection solutions for the homeland security and defense markets.

"Syagen’s unique mass spectrometry technology combined with Morpho Detection’s patented Ion Trap Mobility Spectrometry trace detection will help us deliver the solutions customers need for detecting tomorrow’s non-conventional explosives threats," Buswell said in a statement. "Syagen’s team of mass spectrometry experts and their world-class technologies will help us take trace detection solutions to the next level of detection effectiveness and operational efficiency."