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Integrated DNA Technologies, Clear Labs Ink Supply Agreement for Food Safety Testing

NEW YORK – Integrated DNA Technologies of Coralville, Iowa,said today that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Menlo Park, California-based Clear Labs to act as the primary supplier of next-generation sequencing oligo products for Clear Lab's NGS-based food safety platform

The firms believe the collaboration will help provide food producers with fast and high-quality food safety testing using IDT's oligo products.

According to Clear Labs, its Clear Safety platform allows users to detect food-based pathogens, including several strains of Listeria, as well as visualize contamination incidents on maps of food plants. 

"Our NGS products are often used to help research into complex diseases, such as cancer," Roman Terrill, senior VP at IDT, said in a statement. "Our oligos met all the requirements set out by Clear Labs for their innovative approach to NGS-based food safety." 

Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. 

"Maintaining the accuracy of our testing platform is paramount, and so we have strict requirements for quality, quantity, speed, and performance from our supplier partners," Ramin Khaksar, senior VP of research and development at Clear Labs, said in a statement. "IDT meets all of our exacting needs and is able to fill our quantity requirements while delivering the necessary oligo-specific QC capabilities, [which] a something that array-based providers could not offer."

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