With Sample6 DETECT/L, our in-shift in-plant environmental test on the market, we have started development on finished products. Our vision is in-shift testing for all products, all pathogens.
At Sample6, our mission is to provide food producers with a fast and reliable assay for pathogen detection. The Sample6 DETECT/L assay requires only a six-hour incubation, making it the first AOAC-certified, enrichment-free assay that can be performed start to finish in a single shift. However, this is just the first step. Under ideal conditions, with healthy cells, we are able to detect a single cell in one hour, but real world conditions present real challenges. Let’s walk through those challenges and talk a bit about what we are doing to address them:
Last month, the Sample6 DETECT/L listeria environmental assay was certified by the AOAC. DETECT/L is the first in-shift non-enrichment test that the AOAC has ever certified. To our customers, this is a critical milestone, required for the adoption of a new diagnostic. Our advisor, David Acheson of The Acheson Group, describes it as “the gold standard in validation for food safety diagnostics and indicates a high standard of product that users can have confidence in.”
Over the past 2 years, I have frequently joined presentations, demonstrations and field visits on our first product, Sample6 DETECT/L. The audiences have ranged from microbiologists to plant workers, to plant managers to corporate vice presidents to investors. The conversation always follows a similar pattern. Everybody gets the “why” immediately: a Listeria assay that produces results in less than a single shift is better than diagnostics that takes 24 hours or more. Plant and production teams focus on the logistics opportunity to deliver safe products faster. Quality teams consider the opportunities to test closer to the product. Sanitation teams are excited by the ability to receive clear actionable information and microbiologists are excited to use this type of diagnostic to investigate presumed positives prior to sanitation. We hear unanimously that the opportunity to test and retest when conditions may still be representative will revolutionize testing, investigations and resolutions. But, no matter who I’m talking with, the next question is always the same, “How can you deliver results so quickly, how does it work?”
At Sample 6 we’re designing and manufacturing the first enrichment free environmental pathogen diagnostic. This test is designed to be used in-plant to deliver accurate, actionable results to the user in a single shift. Over the last couple years the product development team has been working diligently to optimize the performance of DETECT/L and validate its performance with a number of food-processing facilities across the country.