Wednesday, February 5, 2014

PathoGenetix Signs Sparton to Manufacture Bacterial Identification System

PathoGenetix, Inc., developer of an automated system for rapid bacterial strain typing, announced today that it has signed Sparton Corporation as the design and manufacturing partner for the RESOLUTION(TM) Microbial Genotyping System. Under the terms of the agreement, Sparton will conduct design for manufacture and pilot production of a limited number of pre-commercial instruments for the RESOLUTION System, which is slated for commercial availability in 4Q2014.

The RESOLUTION System is the first commercial application of PathoGenetix's proprietary Genome Sequence Scanning(TM) (GSS(TM)) technology, and has been developed for food safety testing in both the food industry and in public health foodborne illness outbreak investigations. The RESOLUTION System enables pathogen serotype identification and strain typing in just five hours, directly from complex mixtures such as enriched food and clinical samples. The bacterial strain information provided by the RESOLUTION System is comparable to pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), the current gold standard for pathogen typing in foodborne illness outbreak investigation and response.

"We are thrilled to be working with Sparton as our contract manufacturing organization, and to reach this significant milestone in the commercialization of the RESOLUTION Microbial Genotyping System," said Paul Krassnoff, Director of Manufacturing for PathoGenetix.

Sparton is a premier partner in the design as well as full production manufacture of class I, II, and III instruments for highly specialized medical, biotechnology, and life science technologies. "We are proud to partner with PathoGenetix on the RESOLUTION System and bring our experience in design and development to benefit this novel technology," said Mike Gaul, Group Vice-President of Medical Manufacturing for Sparton. "We are energized to begin the project and help PathoGenetix bring this instrument closer to commercialization."

Pre-commercial units of the RESOLUTION System are currently undergoing testing and evaluation by government and food industry partners. Earlier this month, PathoGenetix shipped a pre-commercial version of the RESOLUTION System to Marshfield Food Safety, LLC, under an agreement with the Wisconsin-based microbiology- and chemistry-testing laboratory to conduct independent testing and feedback on use of the RESOLUTION System for pathogen confirmation and identification in food industry applications.

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