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Roka Bioscience Awarded AOAC-RI Certification for Roka Listeria Detection Assay

WARREN, N.J., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Roka Bioscience announced today that their Roka Listeria Detection Assay has received AOAC Performance Tested Method(SM) certification from the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI). The independent laboratory study testing was conducted by Silliker, Inc., as part of the AOAC-RI independent third-party evaluation and validation processes.

The Roka Listeria Detection Assay runs on the Atlas™ System, an innovative fully automated molecular instrument for the detection of food pathogens in food and environmental samples. This instrument utilizes a simple three-step procedure—Enrich, Transfer, Automate—and is capable of processing over 300 samples in 8 hours. The instrument's dynamic scalability and high throughput provides greater efficiency, flexibility, and freedom to meet the ever-increasing demands placed on food safety laboratories.

The initial menu for the Atlas System will be the Roka Listeria and Salmonella Detection Assays. Internal and external AOAC studies for the Roka Salmonella Detection Assay has been completed and submitted for AOAC Performance Tested Method Certification. Additional assays are currently in development.

"AOAC-RI certification of the Roka Listeria Detection Assay was a critical step for us," stated Paul Thomas, CEO and President of Roka Bioscience.  "This certification is recognized worldwide as the ultimate performance-based validation in our industry. We can now say with even more certainty that this assay, together with the Atlas System, gives food safety laboratories an ideal testing solution. Accuracy, speed, ease of use, flexibility—with this system, laboratories can truly have it all."


The AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOAC INTERNATIONAL (AOAC) that administers AOAC's conformity assessment, including the AOAC Performance Tested Methods program.  AOAC is a globally recognized, independent, not-for-profit standards developing association founded in 1884. AOAC serves the analytical community by engaging industry stakeholders to develop voluntary consensus standards for methods and providing analytical methods that demonstrate confidence in analytical results. For more information on the AOAC-RI and AOAC, visit the AOAC website at

Roka Bioscience

Roka Bioscience is a privately held company focused on developing and commercializing innovative solutions based on molecular technologies for the industrial markets. The company's scientific platform is based on proven, proprietary technologies used widely in clinical diagnostic testing and now being introduced into food safety and other industrial markets. Roka's current product line provides food safety professionals with a fully automated molecular pathogen detection solution that delivers rapid, accurate results and improved laboratory efficiencies. For more information, visit

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