Singapore-based medical diagnostics company Veredus Laboratories has reported the development and deployment of molecular diagnostic test VereFoodborne, a Lab-on-Chip application that detects 10 to 12 food-borne pathogens in one test.
VereFoodborne, based on STMicroelectronics’ Lab-on-Chip platform, is a portable Lab-on-Chip application that can detect and differentiate E. coli, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (including E. coli 0157 and E.coli 0104), Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter.
Veredus Labs said, unlike existing diagnostic methods, VereFoodborne can detect pathogens within two hours of providing genetic information on the infection that traditionally would take between days to weeks.
VereFoodborne will be a tool for health authorities and the food industry to carry out food safety surveillance as well as poisoning-outbreak investigation.
Veredus technology partner STMicroelectronics’ Microfluidic Division group vice-president and general manager Anton Hofmeister said in the face of mutations and changes in the profile of the pathogens they need to detect, the combination of ST’s Lab-on-Chip platform with Veredus’ molecular diagnostics expertise stands out as a tool in the ability to provide identification of pathogens and adaptation to new challenges.
Veredus Labs other diagnostic products include gel based detection kits, VereChip – driven by VereID Biosystem, VereFlu to detect influenza and VereThreat chip.