INDUSTRIAL QUALITY CONTROL
Increase value and safety with actionable QC at the point of sample
Industrial producers leverage Biomeme's intuitive and versatile platform to achieve results directly at the point of sample collection.
Value is lost and safety is compromised when QC requires complicated protocols and waiting on lab results
Complex sample prep, confusing logistics, and prolonged turnaround from sample to results mean decreased value and increased risk.
Traditionally, effective detection and value-maximizing quality control practices have had to wrangle with the separation between sample site and lab. Lab-bound methods often involve complex protocols requiring specialized training. Additionally, transfer of samples to a lab not only increases time to actionable results, but may involve costly, challenging logistics and potentially diminishing sample quality. This all means less effective quality management and decreased value. Biomeme's easy, versatile platform overcomes these challenges.
Biomeme brings the QC lab directly to the sample
Quickly get actionable test results with our simple, speedy, and reliable platform from sample prep to data analysis.
Biomeme provides QC teams everything needed for on-site sample prep, real-time PCR and Isothermal tests, and data analysis — all in under an hour. Our M1 Sample Prep Cartridges work for almost any sample type and nucleotide target while requiring no specialized training and only a minute or two to complete. Add your sample to our pre-formulated and shelf-stable Go-Strips, place them into your Franklin portable thermocycler, and get results in 30-60 minutes. Your data is yours! It's instantly stored in your Biomeme Go companion mobile app and conveniently synced with our secure Biomeme Cloud service. You'll always have access to your data and can seamlessly download or connect it to your preferred lab information management system (LIMS), 3rd party database, or statistical software with our Biomeme Web API. Biomeme preserves value and safety by quickly delivering actionable results directly at the point of sample collection.
Molecular Tagging, Field Detection, and Supply Chain Verification
From combating food fraud to DNA barcoding and supply chain tracking, Biomeme helps companies achieve best practices and ultimate value in product authentication and verification. Check out a few examples below!
Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) and DNA barcoding
DNA barcoding technology has made it possible to authenticate and monitor product at every stage of the global supply chain. CertainT molecular tagging, testing, and tracking from Applied DNA Sciences ensures true product authenticity. When paired with Biomeme's system, the CertainT tag is amplified and detected directly at the point of need. The result is a certain and secure downstream supply chain where diversion or any other deviation can be quickly identified and corrected.
Testing for Seafood Fraud with TRU-ID
Oceana has released a new report in which they found fully ⅓ of seafood samples are mislabeled nationwide (read the full report). TRU-ID is attempting to change this and are committed to ensuring food authenticity. In collaboration with scientists from the University of Guelph's Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, they have demonstrated that Biomeme can be used in the fight for food integrity (view the full poster). The process is simple and quick enough that even high-schoolers can test for food fraud!
Barcoding and Border Control in the Ornamental Fish Trade
With over one billion fish annually moved between 100 countries, the ornamental fish trade is "one of the largest commodity sectors in the world". Unfortunately, it is also a route for pathogen translocation and trafficking of endangered species. Dr. Alejandro Trujillo-Gonzalez is trying to make a difference. He and his colleagues continue to develop gold standard protocols for biosecurity border control and Biomeme is working to provide them with the tools to bring the lab to the sample. For more on Biomeme and biosecurity border control generally, watch this short explanation from Dr. Tracie Seimon with the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion
Rapid detection allows for control of biofilms and successful MIC mitigation.
Estimates suggest microbiologically influenced corrosion is responsible for more than 20% of corrosion costs worldwide (source). Whether in pipelines or medical implant devices, aerobic or anaerobic targets, Biomeme’s qPCR platform can quickly and reliably detect different biofilm producing bacteria like NRB, methanogens, and SRB — empowering effective detection and control of MIC.
Detecting Contaminants during the Manufacturing Process
In the global, complex world of food production, gold standard quality control needs to return actionable results as quickly as possible. Biomeme understands this and is working with our partners to ensure product safety and quality — no matter how complicated the production and supply chain logistics.
Mycoplasma and other contaminants
Due to their small size, ubiquity in the environment, and "ability to persist without noticeable changes to cell culture," mycoplasma are infamously challenging to detect. Additionally, current methods of testing "can take up to 28-days to complete and require a significant amount of manual manipulation" (source). Biomeme is here to help. Our portable qPCR and sample prep system return results on-site in under an hour — no specialized training required.
Bacteriophages that may attack starter cultures in industrial fermentation processes
Despite the best efforts of producers, "phage infection represents the most significant biological factor affecting industries that rely on bacterial growth and metabolic activities" and may even lead to lost batches (source). In order to help mitigate this risk, DSM and Biomeme are working together to develop on-site tests for Mesophilic Phage.
Confirming absence of contamination on shared equipment
After switching product lines or shipping cargo be certain of the absence of previous product lines or other contaminants. No need to hold equipment overnight or wait on long turnaround times from the lab. We can help in any number of product authentication or quality verification applications, including testing for:
- GMOs in organic products
- Prior batch yeast strain or fermentation equipment
- Mycoplasma or most other noticeably persistent contaminants
Detecting Legionella pneumophila in cooling towers
Biomeme's qPCR platform provides rapid response so you can detect the presence of Legionella before the bacteria reaches dangerous levels.
Legionella pneumophila is a deadly pathogen found in water systems. Buildings are at risk from Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks because Legionella bacteria in cooling towers can reach outbreak levels in as few as seven days. Culturing methods for Legionella pneumophila require immense time and labor investment while too-often returning poor sensitivity and reproducibility. In contrast, Biomeme’s Legionella Panel M1 Go-Kit is intuitive, fast, and reliable. Now you can detect the presence of Legionella immediately and take remedial action to prevent outbreak.
Testing anaerobic bacteria/archaea without removing them from glove box
QC tests that require the use of a glove box shouldn't necessarily condemn you to long turnaround times. Our platform is glove box friendly for quick detection of archaea and other anaerobic bacteria. See it in action here!