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BioMérieux strengthens position in food pathogen testing

15 February 2019 | News

bioMérieux acquires Invisible Sentinel, a US-based company specialized in food and beverage molecular testing

image credit- romerlabs.com

image credit- romerlabs.com

bioMérieux, a global player in in vitro diagnostics and world leader in food microbiology testing, recently announced the acquisition of Invisible Sentinel Inc. This company, based in Philadelphia (PA) develops, manufactures and markets innovative and user-friendly molecular diagnostic tools for the rapid, accurate and reliable detection of pathogens and spoilage organisms in food and beverage.

Invisible Sentinel has developed Veriflow®, an innovative DNA Signature Capturing Technology that combines very simple protocols and workflows with rapid results, accuracy and specificity. This molecular testing platform is very easy to use and does not require sophisticated lab infrastructure. It targets diversified customers segments in the food and beverage industry (beer, wine, poultry, juices, nutraceuticals, etc.). The patented Veriflow® technology, which integrates innovative approaches based on conventional scientific principles, already has a proven market uptake with more than 1 million tests sold since its launch in 2014.

This acquisition strengthens bioMérieux’s position in food pathogen testing and spoilage organism detection by expanding it to new customer segments such as breweries and wineries. bioMérieux will now offer innovative alternatives to deliver accurate results for rare pathogen testing and challenging food matrices. The acquisition also complements bioMérieux’s molecular food testing solution GENE-UP® nicely and offers the opportunity to adapt Invisible Sentinel assays on the GENE-UP® system, making them available to customers processing high daily volumes of samples.

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