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Roka Bioscience Introduces Fully Automated Molecular Solution for Food Pathogen Testing at IAFP Annual Meeting

Roka Bioscience participated in the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting held July 31 through August 3, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The company was among the approximately 125 exhibitors at the meeting, which marked the 100th anniversary of the association.

At the meeting, the company introduced its new Roka Automated Instrument, an innovative fully automated molecular system for the detection of food pathogens in food and environmental samples. The instrument utilizes a simple three-step procedure—Enrich, Transfer, Automate—and is capable of processing over 300 samples in 8 hours. The instrument's dynamic scalability and high throughput provides greater efficiency, flexibility, and freedom to meet the ever-increasing demands placed on food safety laboratories.

The first assays to be commercialized on the Roka Automated Instrument are Listeria and Salmonella detection assays. Additional assays are currently in development.

"We are thrilled to introduce the Roka Automated Instrument at the IAFP Annual Meeting, which marks such an important anniversary for this organization and the entire food safety industry," stated Paul G. Thomas, Roka Bioscience CEO and President. "This instrument gives laboratories the speed and accuracy they need, with greater flexibility and freedom than they thought possible. We are excited to partner with companies and show them what this fully automated molecular solution can do for their testing laboratories. The Roka Automated Instrument truly has the power to revolutionize food safety testing as we know it."

In addition to exhibiting at the meeting, Roka offered personal demonstrations of the instrument to over 125 attendees. The company also presented posters highlighting the instrument's proprietary technology as well as notable results achieved with the Listeria and Salmonella detection assays.

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