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PathoGenetix Adds Director of Manufacturing and Begins Production of New Rapid Bacterial Strain Typing System
Date:2/7/2013

he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 1998 and 2008 there were over 13,000 foodborne disease outbreaks in the U.S. resulting in more than 270,000 reported illnesses. When a pathogen is detected in a food production facility, or is making people sick in a foodborne disease outbreak, an investigation is undertaken to identify the responsible organism and trace it back to its original source. Current identification methods, however, involve complicated and time-consuming protocols that require a week or more to provide the necessary strain information. In the meantime, serious and costly public health and financial implications can mount with each passing day.

Genome Sequence Scanning bacterial strain typing offers unmatched levels of speed and automation for food industry testing and public health outbreak investigations. GSS is an automated system that extracts and analyzes microbial DNA directly from complex samples to confirm and strain type foodborne pathogens. The strain information provided is comparable to pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), the current gold standard for pathogen typing in outbreak investigations. The automated platform and simplified protocol require minimal training and ensure consistent, accurate results across laboratories.

“It’s exciting to be part of the launch of the manufactured products for PathoGenetix’s novel diagnostic technology,” Mr. Krassnoff said.

Prior to joining PathoGenetix, Mr. Krassnoff was Sr. Director of Laboratory Operations & Manufacturing at Aushon Biosystems, where he was responsible for the manufacture and quality control of custom multiplexed analytes and the company’s CLIA-certified testing laboratory. With more than 20 years in manufacturing, quality control, project management and R&D in the medical diagnostics industry, Mr. Krassnoff has worked in research ELISA, quality control and OEM operations support at ALPCO Diagnostics, where he was responsible
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