By: Sample6 on July 21st, 2016

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Sample6 announces the initiation of a multi-center Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the FDA

Industry News  |  Food Safety Testing

The CRADA is with the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, Center for Veterinary Medicine, and Winchester Engineering Analytical Center

CAMBRIDGE, July 21, 2016:  Synthetic biology and food safety innovator Sample6 today announced the initiation of a multi-center Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), and Winchester Engineering Analytical Center (WEAC).

The goal of this CRADA is to test Sample6’s bacteriophage-powered, state of the art, in–shift Listeria pathogen testing detection system to validate an advanced cutting edge assay for simple, rapid and accurate detection in the environment and in foods. Furthermore the CRADA covers work on soon to be released products such as a suite of Salmonella assays for environmental and food product testing, and expanding Listeria to also cover food product testing.

This CRADA is a prime example of a successful Public Private Partnership to accelerate the development and deployment of technology critical to ensure food is safe, while consumers benefit from fresher foodstuffs.

Certified by the AOAC Performance Tested Method(SM) program, and adopted into the USDA FSIS Approved Assay List for Pathogen Tests and plants across the country, Sample6 DETECT/L is the first in-plant, in-shift pathogen detection for Listeria spp. In fact, the company now helps ensure food safety at more than 30 plants in the United States and Canada, including leading ice cream, soy product, fresh produce, and consumer packaged meats suppliers.

Sample6 was recently awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) strengthening the patent protection of its lead DETECT/L™ product. U.S. Patent No. 9,340,817, entitled "Methods of making recombinant phage, compositions and articles of manufacture of same for bacterial detection" discloses for the first time a cocktail of bacteriophages that in total can detect all species of the genus Listeria within a single work shift. 

To learn more about how Sample6 is working with leaders in the food industry to make food safer, please check out the Sample6 blog for additional customer stories.