NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – EnviroLogix and Ionian Technologies will partner to develop, make, and sell rapid tests that could detect genes or gene sequences for use by agricultural biotech customers, EnviroLogix said today.
Under the collaborative development agreement, EnviroLogix will identify gene targets and seed biotechnology companies, and then sell Ionian’s rapid nucleic acid-based tests that these companies could use either in the lab or out in the fields.
Ionian's test methods are sensitive enough to detect single base changes between two otherwise similar sequences, EnviroLogix said. In addition, it noted that the technology can perform isothermal amplification of either DNA or RNA in around 5 minutes, offering a significant speed advantage over other thermal cycling technologies.
Portland, Me.-based EnviroLogix develops, manufactures, and sells immunoassays for detection of molds, mycotoxins, algal toxins, pesticides, and plant pathogens.