I Sense and its co-founder Dr. Paul Andrew Rhodes have reached a settlement over an inquiry that was initiated as a result of a draught audit of iSense’s 2016-2017 contracting operations conducted by the United States Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).
In addition, the work carried out in accordance with these and other contracts that were connected was successful, and it was frequently evaluated as being responsive and effective by the government awarding agencies.
The DCAA draught audit expressed complaints about payments for services and staff time that were made by iSense to another firm called Specific Diagnostics. Both of these companies were formed by Dr. Rhodes.
At first, the two firms worked out of the same building, which meant that their respective workers and labs were co-located. In the early years of both organisations, rather than having duplicate teams for each of what were then considered to be tiny enterprises, manufacturing and other services connected to the sensors that both companies utilised were performed by pooled staff. Both of the enterprises did, in fact, pay money toward the rent of this shared premises as well as the shared controller’s compensation.
Concerning the two agreements between iSense and Specific that were mentioned in the government’s news release, which the government considered to be misleadingly dated, DCAA auditors requested that iSense provide a service contract that reflected the services that were traded between the two companies in the first one of these agreements.
The required contract was dated as of the beginning of the service connection between iSense and Specific rather than the time when it was written, which was actually an appropriate summary of the working relationship between the two companies. There has never been any suggestion that the summary of the relationship between the companies that was memorialised in that contract was inaccurate or, indeed, that there was anything wrong with that relationship. Furthermore, there has never been any suggestion that there was anything wrong with the relationship.
In the second instance, the administrators of the CARB-X grant asked for a document confirming the availability of funds from iSense to Specific. The companies complied with the request and delivered a document that accurately confirmed the funding relationship that existed between them. The document also included an accurate summary of the funds that were supplied by iSense to Specific in 2017, as well as an assurance that funds would be provided in 2018, which iSense did in fact fulfil. According to Dr. Rhodes, there was no malicious intent behind the decision to date the agreement confirming the financing deal as of January 2017, which is when the financial arrangement was in existence.
Dr. Rhodes continued by saying, “I, along with the co-founders of our businesses, am proud of the job that we performed.” The development of a life-saving fast susceptibility test for blood infections by Specific, which was sponsored so critically by NIAID and CARB-X, was recently recognised by the FDA as a Breakthrough Device.
“These businesses did their best to allocate expenditures in an equitable manner and provide the necessary documents. Dr. Rhodes continued by saying that all of the funds that were given to them were utilised to “hire and pay genuine personnel, purchase equipment and supplies, and execute the task that we promised.”
“I will always have a great deal of gratitude for the invaluable assistance that was given to us by the government. This assistance came in the form of military contracts to develop technology for the detection and characterization of chemical weapons in the early years of the company. Later on, we received crucial assistance from NIAID and CARB-X, which made it possible for Specific to create an antibiotic susceptibility testing system. Without this assistance, we would not have been able to make it, and despite the fact that this inquiry and settlement was the absolute last thing we anticipated, we continue to be extremely thankful to the organisations that supported what we have done along the road.