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PathoGenetix Names Ann Merrifield as Chief Executive Officer and Prepares to Launch Unique Bacterial Identification Technology
Date:12/5/2012

food safety testing and public health investigations of foodborne pathogen outbreaks. The market for effective pathogen confirmation and identification tools for outbreak investigations is estimated at $250 million, and is growing at greater than 10% per year.

“Genome Sequence Scanning is an innovative and powerful new platform for bacterial identification and typing,” Ms. Merrifield said. “I look forward to working with the talented team at PathoGenetix to bring the significant benefits of GSS into the food safety market."

When a pathogen is detected in a food production facility—or worse, is making people sick in multiple locations or states—an investigation is undertaken to identify the organism and trace it back to its source. Current identification systems require time-consuming sample preparation to isolate the bacteria, followed by complex protocols that often produce inconsistent results, even when run by the most skilled operators.

In just four hours, Genome Sequence Scanning extracts microbial DNA from enriched food or clinical samples to confirm and characterize foodborne pathogens. The strain information provided is comparable to pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), the current gold standard for food pathogen outbreak investigations. Yet because GSS does not require a cultured isolate, it is compatible with sample preparation protocols that are often used with the newer, rapid detection methods that are increasingly in use in clinical and food safety testing laboratories. Its automated platform and simplified protocol require minimal training and ensure consistent, accurate results.

About PathoGenetix, Inc.
PathoGenetix, Inc., is a commercial-stage developer of a rapid, single-molecule analysis technology for bacterial strain typing and identification. Proprietary Genome Sequence Scanning (GSS) is a breakthrough in microbial identification that works directly from complex samples and provides results in
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