CibusDx Inc has acquired Pronucleotein Biotechnologies and licensed ApolloDx’s diagnostic platform for development and commercialization of a new food safety testing system that can be used at any point in the global food supply chain, and provide results onsite within 30 minutes.
“The new testing system combines ApolloDx’s mobile, hand-held medical diagnostic system with Pronucleotein’s DNA aptamer assay technology for detecting pathogens in food onsite anywhere in the supply chain—from the farm to production facilities to seaports to the grocery store,” said Jared Bauer, CibusDx chief executive officer. “Unlike standard lab-based testing, the CibusDx system reduces the time it takes to get results to 30 minutes or less from the current system requiring as long as four days. For consumers, food producers and distributors alike, this preserves the shelf life of food while maintaining the safety.”
The CibusDx food safety testing system aims to provide food producers and government regulators with a reliable, affordable and convenient, point-of-need test system alternative to laboratory-based testing. This is in response to the US Food and Drug Administration implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act’s strategy of moving from responding to outbreaks of food contamination to preventing them.
A key advantage of CibusDx’s approach is capturing the pathogen of choice with patented biological molecules, called APOLLOMER probes, that can bind to specific targets such as foodborne and waterborne pathogens, biological and chemical toxins as well as bacterial cell walls, cell capsules, parasites and viruses. Aptamer-based APOLLOMER probes are similar to protein antibodies and rival their binding capability, but are simpler and less expensive to produce.
“The CibusDx test strips do not require refrigeration and have an extended shelf life,” said Bauer. “They are small and lightweight, allowing them to be quickly shipped to any point in the food supply chain. In addition, our backend analytics are built into the platform to track test results, store data and push real-time information into software-based quality management systems.”
Bauer anticipates commercialization of the CibusDx system by late spring 2018. He observed that the company’s portable, simple, inexpensive technology platform is capable of testing virtually anything relating to food safety.
For more information, contact Bauer at 801-796-2918, ext 104; or visit http://apollodx.com/.