Certus pathogen detection unit set for June launch

By Joseph James Whitworth

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Certus has started manufacturing its in-house pathogen detection system with intended release to market by June this year.

The Certus System Detection Unit is based on Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) nanoparticle technology through an exclusive license agreement with BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company).


The system will enable food producers to perform environmental monitoring without the need for outsourced testing.

FoodQualityNews spoke in-depth to Certus last year.

Manufacturing of the unit is at Certus’ parent company Toho Technology.

Dr John Bodner, Certus director of product development, said: “Not only does Toho provide significant expertise in the manufacture of precision instrumentation, they also provide Certus with the solid infrastructure and financial backing needed to bring this level of innovation to our customers.”

Certus also works with Solus Scientific for assay development.

“One of the reasons we chose to partner with Solus is because of their efficient research and development track record on bringing to market a range of assays in the area of food safety testing,”​ said Bodner.

“Through BD’s exclusive license to Certus and our strategic partnerships with Toho and Solus, we can ensure best-in-class products for our clients, with the end goal of removing the most harmful pathogens from the food system.”

The Listeria El assay was developed with Solus in 2017 while the environmental Salmonella assay is under development ahead of launch in Q4 2018.

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