Food producers are struggling to detect pathogens that are impacting their crops – and our global food safety. Every year, hidden pathogens cost farmers $75 billion in crops, what to speak of the millions of people who get sick from them. Today, farmers are testing for pathogens by mailing in a test kit that takes 5 days to get results and costs $70 each.
Diagenetix is changing that and transforming microbial disease testing. The company’s first product, BioRanger, is an onsite testing platform that delivers immediate results and costs just $10. It can detect pathogens in food and livestock – anything that’s DNA-based – and the data is delivered in real time.
It can also detect food fraud, cofounder and CEO Scott Shibata pointed out. It’s a big concern among buyers and restaurateurs, who certainly don’t want to pay for cod and get stuck with tilapia.
Fraud is an especial concern among people who purchase fish.
Thanks to the group’s participation in the accelerator program, they currently have three pilots going and researchers using the device. Which is good news for us all.