Innovative Detection Concepts

Innovative Detection Concepts (iDC), a for-profit company, was formed in 2014 as a Florida International University (FIU) start-up company based on the science of two FIU professors and a contract with the Florida Department Of Agriculture and Community Affairs. Based on the convergence of mission of the For Profit iDC and the Non Profit Redland Ahead, Inc., iDC has been attached for operations to Redland Ahead, Inc. iDC will continue to operate as a For Profit company with the net proceeds being donated to the Non Profit Redland Ahead, Inc.


The Founders: Innovative Detection Concepts, Inc. as a veteran majority owned company was formed with the following initial shareholders based on the complementary Scientific, Farming and Business acumen each added to strengthen the company:

Bill Hanesworth

Bill Hanesworth

Bill Hanesworth, Board Chairman and Business Coach was asked by the founders to join based on his 32 years of experience in building companies–from the smallest family owned businesses to the multinational manufacturing and distribution teams.  His ability to immediately grasp the challenges of the startup of IDC has been instrumental to the planning and initial implementation of the iDC offerings.  He is relentless in the driving the basics of customer service in each step of the development while keeping the entire team focused on the bottom line. Bill recently retired from Rheem Manufacturing as the VP and General manager in Ft Smith, Arkansas.  He now serves on several business/education boards and consults regularly on business operations.  He can be reached on his cell 479-420-1174 or via email at

Dr. DeEtta Mills, Research VP, is a highly respected researcher in the areas of molecular ecology and microbiology with special emphasis on microbial ecology and serves as Director of the Forensic Institute at FIU. Dr. Mills is responsible for overseeing the science behind each of the iDC processes. DeEtta can be reached at email

Dr. Ken Furton, is an inactive founding owner. Dr Furton, provided his technical expertise as an analytical chemist, canine olfaction researcher and expert of more than 20 years to the initial stages of startup company theory and operational procedures. Dr. Furton is recognized worldwide for his scientific and practical knowledge of the capabilities of canines in detection work. Dr. Furton and Dr. Mills are the primary founders of Innovative Detection Concepts as a Florida International University incubated company based on research products and concepts developed in the university laboratories. Dr. Furton’s patents are instrumental in the refinement of the training devices and accuracy of the dog’s identification of the volatiles associated with the particular fungus pathogen killing the laurel and avocados trees from Georgia, Florida, and now moving west along the gulf coast states. Dr. Furton’s interests are controlled by Bill Hanesworth the Board Chairman to avoid any potential for an appearance of a conflict of interest. Any Questions for Dr. Furton should be submitted to

Lourdes Edlin, VP Development of Canine Programs: Edlin has over 40 years animal training experience that includes dogs, cats, dolphins, primates, birds and pigs . Edlin has represented Nestle’ Purina Incredible Dog Challenge as a spokesperson/lead trainer for 21 years. TV appearances include Late Night with David Letterman, Jay Leno, Cruisers Training Tips, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends and Today. Edlin’s animal behavior expertise has been demonstrated in various facets of animal training. Her specialities include the training of Dogs for agricultural and wildlife detection. As a former USDA, APHIS, PPQ Canine Handler and Trainer she procured, trained, installed and evaluated dog teams throughout the U.S. As the Senior Trainer for iDC she completed the field training on 4 Detector Dogs trained to identify diseased trees and 3 dogs to locate invasive reptiles. Cell 786-229-8363 or

John Mills, CEO and President, offers his leadership development and team building expertise to the company. As a 30 year US Army veteran, drafted in 1965, serving 3 combat tours and retiring as a Colonel, his civilian accomplishments are numerous and have ranged from: the implementation and transfer of the Panama Canal back to Panama (as Secretary of the Panama Canal Commission) to 10 years of integrating small family-owned companies into a moderate sized publicly held company (Watsco, Inc). As an iDC founder, he and his wife now farm 140 acres of row crop, avocados and tropical fruits in South Florida, giving him insight and instant credibility with the farming community and business community. John can be reached at cell 305-987-5049 or email