Lab-on-chip solution to detect and differentiate several food-borne pathogens

Lab-on-chip solution to detect and differentiate several food-borne pathogens

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The ability of the VereFoodborne chip to simultaneously lock on multiple segments of the genes of food-borne pathogens enables it to identify bacteria and viruses with a much higher degree of confidence compared to other tests. This capability is made possible with a microarray on the chip that allows it to detect multiple pathogens in one test, saving time and resources over existing approaches.

“In the face of mutations and changes in the profile of the pathogens we need to detect, the combination of ST‟s Lab-on-Chip platform with Veredus‟ molecular diagnostics expertise stands out as a powerful tool in the ability to provide rapid and accurate identification of pathogens and adaptation to new challenges,” said Anton Hofmeister, Group Vice-President and General Manager for ST‟s Microfluidic Division.

With VereFoodborne, health authorities can speed up their investigations of food-borne poisoning outbreaks. VereFoodborne‟s faster testing means the health authorities can eliminate „suspects‟ faster and zero in on their „culprit‟ pathogen more accurately. This would lead to faster containment and stop the spread of infection early on.

Major food companies, on the other hand, vigorously test all their ingredients pre and post processing. The traditional method, which takes much longer to complete, means that perishable ingredients need to be held-up longer in storage while their shelf-life clock is ticking away. Smaller companies, which normally would depend on central labs, can also now carry out their own testing at a lower cost and shorter time if they use the VereFoodborne.

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