By: Mike Koeris on July 14th, 2016

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Sample6 Awarded First Patent for Application of Groundbreaking Phage Engineering Technology to Food Safety

Food Safety Testing  |  Industry News  |  Listeria

Company Leads Innovation to Enable Preventative Food Safety –
Stop Recalls Before They Happen

CAMBRIDGE, July 14, 2016:  Synthetic Biology and Food safety innovator Sample6 today announced that it was granted a new patent enabling extremely rapid and sensitive bacterial detection for the genus Listeria through the use of the proprietary phage-based luminescence assay.

The company was 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. Additionally, the patent discloses further invention in the field of synthetic biology to add to Sample6's unique synthetic biology engineering toolbox.

Synthetic Biology is at the core of the company's ability to innovate and materially improve food safety through in-shift, highly-sensitive detection of live bacterial pathogens.

"Sample6 is taking the lead in setting a highest bar for consumer food safety.  We’re enabling food producers to produce safe, fresh and nutritious food. Outbreaks and massive recalls should not happen in this day and age. Contaminated food must be stopped before it ever enters the food chain," noted Sample6 founder Mike Koeris. "We are proud of our team of synthetic biologists that’s been on the leading edge of innovation and they’ve been able to deliver the new standard of detection to the industry and consumer."

Approved by the USDA, AOAC and plants across the country, Sample6 DETECT/L is the first in-plant, in-shift pathogen detection for listeria. 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 and consumer packaged meats suppliers.

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.