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Cleanroom Technology 10-11-17

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CERTUS wins license deal for rapid pathogen detection in food

Partnership brings innovation and expertise together to provide a highly efficient process to detect Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli O157

The Solus Pathogen Detection System for the detection of Salmonella,
Listeria and E.coli O157 pathogen

 

An innovator in food safety technologies, CERTUS has announced an expanded partnership with Solus Scientific for the immediate distribution of the Solus Pathogen Testing System across the United States food safety market.

For use by food safety testing labs, the Solus Pathogen Detection System is a highly efficient process for detection of Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli O157 pathogens.

Using proprietary antibodies and production methods optimised to deliver excellent performance; the system offers labs increased power, performance and profits through automated immunoassays delivering high test throughput, lab resource efficiencies and cost savings.

CERTUS President, John Coomes said: “Labs across the country are in need of a powerful, efficient and cost effective system to ensure food is safe for everyone in our country. We’re proud to grow our partnership with Solus to bring such a solution to the U.S. Marketplace.”

The cornerstone of the Solus Pathogen Detection System is the company’s proprietary immunoassay, based on enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The system is available in a manual, or a fully-automated, self-contained option (Solus DS2 Automated Laboratory ELISA), able to process 192 samples in one run including simple load-to-results on-screen instructions for technicians.

 

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Food Quality News 10-9-17

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Certus expands Solus partnership with US distribution

By Joseph James Whitworth

Certus is to distribute the Solus Scientific pathogen detection system in the US for detection of Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli O157.

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The National Provisioner 10-9-17

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CERTUS announces US distribution of Solus Pathogen Detection System for food safety labs

CERTUS, innovators in food safety technologies, announced an expanded partnership with Solus Scientific for the immediate distribution of the Solus Pathogen Testing System across the United States food safety market. For use by food safety testing labs, the Solus Pathogen Detection System is a highly efficient process for detection of Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli O157 pathogens. Utilizing proprietary antibodies and production methods optimized to deliver excellent performance; the system offers labs increased power, performance and profits through automated immunoassays delivering high test throughput, lab resource efficiencies and cost savings.

“Aligning with our company’s laser-like focus on reducing food-borne illness, the Solus Pathogen Detection System has the ability to dramatically increase lab productivity and efficiency, a critical factor in the rising needs of the industry,” says CERTUS President, John Coomes. “Labs across the country are in need of a powerful, efficient and cost effective system to ensure food is safe for everyone in our country. We’re proud to grow our partnership with Solus to bring such a solution to the U.S. marketplace.”

The cornerstone of the Solus Pathogen Detection System is the company’s proprietary immunoassay, based on enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The system is available in a manual, or a fully-automated, self-contained option (Solus DS2 Automated Laboratory ELISA), able to process 192 samples in one run including simple load-to-results on-screen instructions for technicians.

“For food testing labs to use the Solus Pathogen Detection System makes both commercial and scientific sense, as we have enabled a proven technology to be automated, increasing throughput efficiency and productivity,” said Ray Wakefield, CEO of Solus. “Our partnership with CERTUS gives American third party labs a powerful and AOAC validated alternative that this market is demanding.”

In addition to distribution of the Solus Pathogen Detection System, CERTUS recently announced the launch of the CERTUS System, a unique bio-contained, in-house solution for pathogen detection for small and mid-sized food processing plants. Making food safer by providing producers fast, easy, direct and cost effective ways to detect environmental Listeria, the CERTUS System utilizes key technologies co-developed with Solus Scientific.

As part of its commitment to meet the increasing needs for pathogen detection across the global food production industry, CERTUS intends to continuously deliver advanced tools and strong technical support to a broad spectrum of food manufacturers and improve the safety of the global food supply.

To learn more, visit http://CertusFoodSafety.com or call at 872-810-4123.

 

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Quality Assurance & Food Safety 9-28-17

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Certus Advances Commercialization of Rapid Pathogen Detection System

The system is enabled by BD’s proprietary SERS nanoparticle technology.

September 28, 2017

Certus, an innovator in food safety technologies, has signed an exclusive license agreement with the global medical technology company, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), for use of its rapid pathogen-detection technology. Enabled by BD’s proprietary SERS nanoparticle technology, the newly introduced Certus System will make food safer by providing small to mid-sized producers fast, easy and cost-effective ways to detect environmental Listeria in food processing environments and the food itself prior to reaching consumers, the company said.

“This is a critical agreement for Certus as BD’s technology provides the foundation of our patented Grow, Read, Detect system giving producers real-time monitoring through simultaneous enrichment and detection,” said Certus President John Coomes. “We believe our approach, backed by BD’s long-standing expertise in nanotechnology, is a significant industry breakthrough that radically simplifies what was once a complex process. This will enable any food processor to conduct safe and easy on-site testing, receive instant alerts, and take action to remediate any issues.”

BD’s exclusive license to Certus also includes technology to enable pathogen detection in a bio-contained tube during enrichment so that the facility where the testing is conducted is not exposed to enriched pathogens. BD continues to work with partners to further develop the SERS technology and is the supplier of SERS nanoparticles used in Certus products. The first commercial Certus System will be launched in 2018 for environmental monitoring and prevention of Listeria spp.

“The beauty of our system is that anyone with minimal training will simply swab a surface, add media to our Bio-Lock Detection Tube, and insert the tube into the detection unit to start getting rapid results,” Coomes said. “There is no need for centrifuges, incubators, pipettes, stomachers, bags or other ancillary items and steps that current methods require.”

Since its IAFP debut earlier this year, Certus has developed multiple prototypes which are now being used in the U.S. and Europe for optimization of the Certus EL Detection kit. Further development of the system will involve seeking AOAC validation and launching a research and development program for Certus Environmental Salmonella Detection Kits. For more information on Certus visit certusfoodsafety.com.

 

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Refrigerated & Frozen Foods 7-17-17

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Bio-contained, in-house pathogen detection system

Chicago-based CERTUS launched the CERTUS System for rapid pathogen detection and environmental monitoring.

The CERTUS System is a bio-contained, in-house solution for pathogen detection for small and mid-sized food processing plants.

How it works is, users simply swab a surface, add media to the Bio-Lock Detection Tube and insert the tube into the CERTUS Detection Unit to receive rapid results during the enrichment cycle. There is no need for centrifuges, incubators, pipettes, stomachers, bags or other ancillary items.

The company’s patented Grow, Read, Detect. continuous monitoring process combines enrichment and high-sensitivity detection in a homogenous, no-wash format for real-time monitoring, thus eliminating complex workflow and enabling food processors to conduct safe and easy on-site testing, receive instant alerts and take immediate action.

 

CERTUS
872-810-4123
www.certusfoodsafety.com

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Food Safety Magazine 7-6-17

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Revolutionary Bio-Contained, In-House Pathogen Detection System

The CERTUS system for rapid pathogen detection and environmental monitoring will launch at the 2017 International Association for Food Protection annual meeting in Tampa, FL.

This system raises the bar with a unique, bio-contained, in-house solution for pathogen detection for small and mid-size food processing plants. Unmatched in its unique approach to an industry dominated by outsourcing or complicated in-house testing, this system promises to make food safer by providing producers fast, easy and cost-effective ways to detect environmental pathogens in food processing environments and the food itself prior to reaching consumers.

Environmental testing and monitoring are translated into a “simple, safe and smart” process, greatly reducing time and cost by eliminating media preparation, sample preparation, courier expense and the risk of opening an enriched sample in the plant.

Anyone with minimal training can simply swab a surface, add media to the Bio-Lock™ Detection Tube and insert the tube into the detection unit to start getting rapid results during the enrichment cycle. There is no need for centrifuges, incubators, pipettes, stomachers, bags or many of the ancillary items and steps that current methods require.

The patented Grow, Read, Detect™ continuous monitoring process combines enrichment and high-sensitivity detection in a homogenous, no-wash format for real-time monitoring; it eliminates complex workflow; and it enables any food processor to conduct safe and easy on-site testing, receive instant alerts and take action to remediate. The first commercial system will be launched in 2018 for environmental monitoring and prevention of Listeria spp.

GROW: The detection unit features a thermal chamber optimized for growth of the selected pathogen once sealed in the detection tube.

READ: The detection unit deploys surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy to monitor pathogen presence and growth.

DETECT: The system accurately detects the target pathogen continuously as enrichment is taking place.

This system contains everything you need for safe, in-house environmental monitoring.

The detection unit’s patented Grow, Read, Detect process provides real-time monitoring with simultaneous enrichment and detection. The control pad provides step-by-step directions, keeps records and sends instant alerts to key stakeholders through email and text. The detection kit includes sampling swabs, detection tubes with pathogen-specific dried reagent particles and pre-measured selective growth media.

CERTUS is currently accepting applications for beta testing the CERTUS System. To apply, please visit http://certusfoodsafety.com/beta-testing/ For more information on the CERTUS System, visit the CERTUS booth #928 at IAFP or visit http://www.certusfoodsafety.com.

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Rapid Microbiology 7-4-17

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CERTUS™ Debuts Bio-Contained, In-House Pathogen Detection System

A simultaneous brand launch and upcoming product preview offers IAFP attendees an inside look at the technology and expansive vision of the CERTUS brand.

CERTUS makes environmental testing and monitoring, which was once complex, a “Simple, Safe and Smart” process, greatly reducing time and cost by eliminating media preparation, sample preparation, courier expense and risk of opening an enriched sample in the plant.

The company’s patented Grow, Read, Detect™ continuous monitoring process combines enrichment and high sensitivity detection in a homogenous, no-wash format for real-time monitoring; it eliminates complex workflow; and enables any food processor to conduct safe and easy on-site testing, receive instant alerts, and take action to remediate. The first commercial system will be launched in 2018 for environmental monitoring and prevention of Listeria spp.

The FDA is currently proposing to require environmental testing when:

  • A ready-to-eat food product is exposed to the environment before it is packaged; and
  • The packaged food does not receive a treatment that would significantly minimize an environmental pathogen that could contaminate the food.

In all other circumstances, FDA is proposing to require environmental monitoring only “as appropriate to the facility, the food, and the nature of the preventive control.”

“We are focused on building a business that solves real problems,” says CERTUS President, John Coomes. “Now with FSMA compliance requirements, small and medium-sized producers face expensive outsourced testing that takes days for results to come in or they need to invest in bio-safe labs, expensive equipment, and highly skilled lab technicians. Our customers will avoid all of those risks and expenses.”

Visit certusfoodsafety.com.

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Cleanroom Technology 7-4-17

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Certus enters food safety sector with pathogen detection system

4-Jul-2017

The bio-contained system provides small to mid-sized producers with fast, easy-to-use and cost effective method to detect and prevent environmental Listeria spp

Certus, a simple way to detect Listeria spp

Certus has launched the Certus System, a bio-contained, in-house solution for pathogen detection for small and mid-sized food processing plants.

The company says this system will make food safer by providing producers fast, easy and cost effective ways to detect environmental Listeria in food processing environments and the food itself prior to reaching consumers.

It is designed to make environmental testing and monitoring simple, greatly reducing time and cost by eliminating media and sample preparation, courier expense and risk of opening an enriched sample in the plant.

Anyone with minimal training will simply swab a surface, add media to the Bio-Lock Detection Tube, and insert the tube into the Certus Detection Unit to start getting rapid results during the enrichment cycle. There is no need for centrifuges, incubators, pipettes, stomachers, bags and many ancillary items and steps that current methods require.

The company’s patented Grow, Read, Detect continuous monitoring process combines enrichment and high sensitivity detection in a homogenous, no-wash format for real-time monitoring.

It eliminates complex workflow and enables any food processor to conduct safe and easy on-site testing, receive instant alerts, and take action to remediate.

The first commercial system will be launched in 2018 for environmental monitoring and prevention of Listeria spp.

“We are focused on building a business that solves real problems,” says CERTUS President, John Coomes. “Now with FSMA compliance requirements, small and medium-sized producers face expensive outsourced testing that takes days for results to come in or they need to invest in bio-safe labs, expensive equipment, and highly skilled lab technicians. Our customers will avoid all of those risks and expenses.”

The CERTUS pathogen detection system was designed and developed through strategic collaborations. The core SERS technology and instrument design is based on innovative technology exclusively licensed from BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) for applications in the food safety market.

Certus is being marketed through Toho Technology group as a new brand specialising in Food Safety. Founded in Nagoya, Japan, Toho is a privately-held company that provides engineering, manufacture, distribution and support of diverse industrial and life-science technologies to customers around the world. With significant expertise in precision instrumentation and equipment sales, The company currently operates multiple facilities in Chicago, Illinois; Japan; Shanghai, China and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Toho Technology Inc is the launch site for the CERTUS global expansion with all R&D, operations and sales centered in its Chicago location.

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