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Rapid Pathogen Screening Expanding Sarasota Footprint

Rapid Pathogen Screening is expanding its footprint in Sarasota with the addition of a new building adjacent to its current headquarters that will double the company’s space.

“International demand for POC diagnostics combined with the supportive local business climate, highly-skilled workforce, and professional associations unique to Sarasota County creates an ideal situation to further pursue our commitment to impact global healthcare by expanding our family of rapid, easy to use tests,” said Robert Sambursky, RPS’s chief executive officer and president.

The company, which is located at 7227 Delainey Court, develops and manufactures rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests for infectious diseases and inflammatory conditions.

RPS spent eight years developing a disposable diagnostic test for pink eye and other inflammatory diseases and is now commercializing the product with a French development firm. The company is marketing the patented test kits to optometrists, ophthalmologists and family physicians across the U.S. and in Europe. The AdenoPlus kit allows clinicians to diagnose the highly contagious viral form of conjunctivitis, or pink-eye, within minutes during a medical office visit. Previously, health care technicians could only confirm pink eye with a culture swab or DNA test, expensive methods that took several hours or days. "These are single use tests," Sambursky said. "We can make the diagnosis before the patient leaves the doctor's office," which prevents spread of the disease and eliminates treatments that aren't needed.

The company recently signed a contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical and Biological Defense Division to develop and manufacture a diagnostic test to detect the body’s immune response to viral and bacterial infections.

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