DuPont Qualicon said this month that the US Department of Agriculture Food and Safety Inspection Service has approved the DuPont Qualicon BAX STEC assay for screening Shiga toxin-producing strains of Escherichia coli, or STEC.
Seegene and DuPont Nutrition & Health said today that they have inked an agreement to jointly develop highly multiplexed assays to detect foodborne pathogens by combining Seegene's real-time PCR and melt curve analysis technology with DuPont's benchtop BAX System.
Biosearch has granted a license to its Black Hole Quencher, CAL Fluor, and Quasar patents to DuPont Qualicon; and will manufacture Scorpions primer oligonucleotides for DuPont for use in food safety diagnostics.
The company has been adding capabilities to its benchtop PCR-based testing platform through licensing agreements, and is looking to expand use of the system beyond food testing and into pharmaceutical testing and other public health markets.
Idaho Tech recently completed licensing agreements with DuPont Qualicon and two undisclosed life science companies — the latest in a spate of similar deals that take advantage of Idaho Tech's "broad and valuable intellectual property portfolio" in cooperation with Roche Diagnostics.