PathSensors enters Chinese pathogen detection market

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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PathSensors has partnered with a Chinese bio security firm to bring its proprietary pathogen detection technology to that market.

As part of the relationship, Shenzhen Radiusen Systems has purchased an undisclosed number of PathSensors’ Zephyr pathogen detection instruments and will act as a distributor to spread the technology within China.

Zephyr allows customers to detect a range of toxins, bacteria and other pathogens in under five minutes, thanks to the CANARY (Cellular Analysis and Notification of Antigen Risks and Yields) biosensor technology developed by scientists at MIT-Lincoln Laboratories.

CANARY incorporates pathogen-specific antibodies on the biosensor surface which, in the presence of a pathogen (virus, bacteria or toxin), trigger an intracellular calcium release that activates bioluminescent proteins whose light output can be measured.

It is for applications such as bio-security, food safety, environmental monitoring and plant safety.

Ted Olsen, CEO of PathSensors, said China is a leading market for advanced pathogen detection technology.

“Our partner has a proven track record in bio security applications and we look forward to working with them to introduce Chinese customers to the benefits of CANARY technology.”

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