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Invisible Sentinel, Jackson Family Wines Partner on Assay Development

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Invisible Sentinel today announced a partnership with Jackson Family Wines to develop an assay for the detection of Brettanomyces, a yeast that can cause a foul taste and smell in wine.

The assay called Veriflow BRETT will be based on Invisible Sentinel's Veriflow technology, which combines PCR with a vertical flow-based technology.

According to Invisible Sentinel, Brettanomyces produces compounds that can cause a rancid taste in wines, as well as a smell sometimes described as "barnyardy." On-site methods currently in use for detection of the yeast are time-consuming, resulting in the accumulation of Brettanomyces and eventually spoilage of the wine, it said.

Philadelphia-based Invisible Sentinel develops technologies for the food safety market. The firm's product line includes Veriflow LS for Listeria species, Veriflow SS for Salmonella species, Veriflow CA for Campylobacter, and Veriflow LM for Listeria monocytogenes.

Financial and other details of today's deal were not disclosed.

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