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Ebola rapid testing technologies detect surface and airborne infectious viruses onsite in minutes

PathSensors : 24 October, 2014  (New Product)
PathSensors is developing a suite of mobile bio-detection technologies that can quickly detect the Ebola virus and other potentially lethal pathogens used in bioterrorism.
Ebola rapid testing technologies detect surface and airborne infectious viruses onsite in minutes
The mobile PathSensor systems are easy-to-use, require minimal training and can detect infectious pathogens (virus, bacteria or toxin) from safely obtained samples. Portable PathSensors systems can be deployed for pathogen detection at any port of entry (air, land and water) as well as healthcare facilities and entertainment venues. Onsite personnel can handle testing easily and receive a result in less than five minutes, thereby eliminating hours of critical transportation to, and processing time at a lab facility.
 
“Now that Ebola is a critical detection priority, we can deploy systems early next year, once we have a strategic partner in place to handle expanded production,” explains PathSensors CEO Ted Olsen. “Containment starts with accurate and timely detection so the faster that you can achieve detection the quicker the population can be protected from these worldwide threats.”
 
“Government agencies suddenly are hard-pressed for rapid detection in point-of-entry systems for inadvertent or intentional bio threats,” says airport security expert Peter Harris, president of Yankee Foxtrot, a security management consulting firm, and a PathSensors director. “PathSensors systems can be used as standalone technologies or integrated with other bio-detection technologies. Together, they can be used to test a patient as well as the seat, surfaces touched, and places visited by the infected party to ensure complete remediation.”
 
PathSensors Canary technology, licensed from the MIT-Lincoln Laboratory, delivers extremely rapid detection of more than 25 pathogens at previously unattainable levels of speed and sensitivity. Canary incorporates pathogen-specific antibodies expressed on a biosensor surface that, in the presence of a pathogen (virus, bacteria or toxin), trigger an intracellular calcium release that in-turn activates bioluminescent proteins to generate the emission of light.
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