InstantLabs

The company sells the portable Hunter Real-Time PCR instrument for DNA analysis and a portfolio of test kits for use in food safety, food fraud, and microbiologically influenced corrosion.

The country's health minister said the research could help detect plant pests and mislabeled seafood, among other benefits.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – InstantLabs today announced an agreement with the University of Guelph to co-develop DNA-based tests to combat seafood species fraud, which is estimated to cost consumers and the food industry billions of dollars.

Life Technologies, a Thermo Fisher Scientific brand, recently launched two new DNA quantification kits for forensics applications.

InstantLabs Medical Diagnostics said this week that its Listeria species food safety kit for the Hunter Accelerated Real-time PCR System has received AOAC Performance Tested Methods certification for environmental and food matrices.

IntegenX said this week that it has signed an agreement with Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC, to pursue Defense Threat Reduction Agency Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity awards supporting US needs for detecting weapons of mass destru

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.

This article has been updated from a previous version to provide more specific information about the AOAC certification of InstantLabs' assay.

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Robert Kwiatkowski joins Cepheid as VP of infectious disease R&D; InstantLabs names Neil Sharma as director of product development; and more.

InstantLabs said that it has placed 20 beta versions of its portable real-time PCR testing system, including eight in the Middle East, where it sees a rapidly developing market for food testing and infectious disease testing due to the area's large guest worker population.

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