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Menon Biosensors Demonstrates Industry Leading Sensitivity Levels for Detection of Tuberculosis and Clostridium difficile
Date:1/9/2014

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Menon Biosensors, Inc. a molecular biochemistry company that provides DNA analysis for the diagnosis of biological pathogens, announced today that its M2 (Molecular Mirroring) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology successfully detected Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) in studies with more than 500 samples, in concentrations as low as 1 colony-forming unit (CFU) per sample, without any false positives or negatives. The company will present the results of its studies at the Biotech Showcase 2014 in San Francisco on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 4:15 p.m. PST.

"With our unique platform detection technology, our scientists were able to develop and optimize our assays for these serious worldwide diseases in just 60 to 90 days, while still delivering unmatched sensitivity," stated Suresh Menon, Ph.D., President of Menon Biosensors. "In these studies the time from sample to result continues to be less than one hour. We plan to continue to demonstrate the speed and sensitivity of our technology in detecting additional pathogens for individual and public health, including food safety and livestock applications, where timely detection and intervention are very important." 

The studies were conducted at Scripps Memorial Hospital laboratories, where Menon employees worked under the supervision of John Spinosa, M.D., Ph.D., pathologist at Scripps La Jolla. The M2 technology detected the presence of TB and C. difficile in concentrations as low as 1 CFU/sample in water and 5 CFU/sample (50-100 CFU/mL) in sputum and stool.  Time from sample-to-result was less than one hour, including sample preparation time that ranged from 5 to 15 minutes depending on the specimen type. Menon Biosensors expects to further optimi
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