It’s been almost three years since we launched the PathogINDICAtor® qPCR Microbial Detection Platform. Since its inception, it has been the most accurate and advanced cannabis microbial safety testing platform available on the market, allowing labs to provide next-day results and easily scale to meet increased volume. However, the name has always been a mouthful.
So we made a change. The PathoSEEK™ Microbial Safety Testing Platform will be the name of our qPCR testing technology going forward. Not only is the new name easier to pronounce, it better describes the targeted nature of our testing solution. Testing labs use the PathoSEEK platform to SEEK out the DNA signature of target microbes and pathogens to determine if they are present on a cannabis sample.
Same Great Benefits
With the PathoSEEK platform, there is no counting colonies and no attempting to identify species under a microscope. Both of which are subjective and prone to human error. PathoSEEK delivers a quantitative result to laboratory technicians and keeps an archived digital record of the raw test results, which is important for labs operating under ISO 17025 accreditation.
The PathoSEEK Microbial Safety Testing Platform also offers individual detection assays, which means testing labs can choose which microbial targets they want to SEEK out on each instrument run. This is a much better option than costly microarrays that include several targets that are not relevant.
Detect All Required Targets and More
The PathoSEEK platform currently includes detection assays that cover all the state-required microbial targets:
- Aspergillus flavus
- Aspergillus fumigatus
- Aspergillus niger
- Aspergillus terreus
- E. coli
- Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC)
- Total Aerobic Count
- Total Coliform
- Total Enterobacteriaceae
- Total Yeast and Mold
Medicinal Genomics will continue to expand the PathoSEEK product line as new states legalize cannabis and establish testing requirements. We also plan to offer PathoSEEK qPCR tests for plant pathogens, such as powdery mildew, Fusarium, and botrytis. Testing labs can offer these early screening tests to cultivators who can use the results as part of their pest management system.
Tell us what you think about the new name in the comments!