Empowering public health and biosurveillance missions anywhere
Biosurveillance teams use Biomeme's field-forward tools to meet the most urgent missions directly at the point of need.
Infectious diseases don't care how remote, hostile, or low-resource your situation may be
Lab-confined methods can't meet the needs of urgent or field-forward biosurveillance missions.
Brick and mortar labs alone are unable to provide operational capabilities sufficient to meet the needs of biosurveillance teams in the often austere, remote locations where many infectious diseases unpredictably and rapidly emerge. The transportation and shipment of samples to the lab unnecessarily prolongs turnaround time to receiving actionable results, while increasing the risks of contamination, decreasing the sample quality, and introducing logistical constraints which may be extreme in the most vital regions. Overcome these challenges with Biomeme's onsite solutions.
Biomeme brings the lab to the sample
Rapid pathogen identification with ultra portable, field capable sample prep, qPCR, and data analysis.
Biomeme provides public health and biosurveillance teams everything needed for on-site sample prep, real-time PCR and Isothermal tests, and data analysis — no matter the point of need. Our M1 Sample Prep Cartridges work for almost any sample type and nucleotide target (RNA, DNA, eDNA), while requiring 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 helps deliver actionable results where public health and biosurveillance professionals need them most. Turn early detection into effective control.
Common sample types include:
- Mosquito (Culicidae)
- Tick (Ixodida)
- Sand fly (Phlebotominae)
- Midge (Chironomus spp.)
- Kissing bug (Triatominae)
On-site Detection and Monitoring of Microbial Pathogens
The 59th Medical Wing report Biomeme's ability to detect deadly pathogens in the field.
“Deadly infectious diseases pose a prevalent danger to war fighters and warrior medics in remote, hostile areas. Infectious agents inevitably hinder the war fighters duty performance, even potentially cause mission failures. Therefore a crucial military need is to acquire the capabilities to rapidly detect the threat agents, and to expeditiously devise strategies to counter the threats.” (Caballero and Armstrong-Spenrath 2018)
Scientists in the 59th Medical Wing, the U.S. Air Force's largest medical wing, evaluated the Biomeme system and found its performance similar to traditional lab-based methods for detecting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus and Influenza A virus H7N9 targets.
Read the full report: MERS-CoV and H7N9 Influenza Assay Development on NGDX.
Mosquitoes are among the most deadly pathogen vectors in the world. Biomeme is committed to working with scientists and health teams across the globe to ameliorate the devastating human toll and economic cost mosquitoes inflict. We are working to develop technologies capable of delivering reliable, actionable results directly in the field, no matter the resource environment.
Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE)
NECE and other groups are working with Biomeme to speciate mosquitoes, identify pesticide resistance markers, and detect various pathogens. They are building a real-time surveillance platform to inform decision-makers in the most effective ways to deploy resources for pesticide application, mosquito net dissemination, provision of treatment and other vector control decisions. Their work includes:
- Speciating mosquitoes into Anopheles coluzzii, gambiae complex, arabiensis.
- Identifying KDRs for pyrethroid resistance and adeno phosphate resistance. Biomeme’s field-forward technologies are a particularly good fit in this effort as “the spatial heterogeneity in distribution and frequency of knockdown resistance mutations calls for a site-specific strategy for the monitoring of insecticide resistance” (source).
- Detect parasites and arboviruses such as:
Watch Ryan Ragland, Sr. Molecular Biologist, demo tick and mosquito testing using the Biomeme platform in our latest webinar.
Tick speciation and pathogen detection
We harbor no love for ticks and the pathogens they carry. We've been actively leveraging our technology to combat tick-borne pathogens both in North America and around the world.North America
Lyme disease infections are reported across the United States, but are particularly prevalent in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions. We’re ticked-off and have had enough. In collaboration with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, our field-forward technologies are being used to empower citizen-scientists to detect tick-borne pathogens. Additionally, we’ve developed a tick-testing service optimized to be as quick, affordable, and convenient as possible. Finally, check-out our tick map to see test results by location. We are committed to developing technologies equal to the task of fighting the spread of tick-borne pathogens and hope you’ll join us in the effort.
We’ve been working with the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE) and other groups to track various tick-borne pathogens including:
- Tick-borne Encephalitis Virus (TBEV), a member of the family Flaviviridae, that causes Tick-borne Encephalitis, or TBE, in humans.
- Coxiella burnetii is responsible for Q Fever in humans and animals. It is particularly ruinous in goats and sheeps where it can cause abortion or birth of weak or dead kids and lambs (source).
- Pan-Bunyaviridae (Bunyaviridae species) is a virus family with over 300 members, of which more than 60 viruses are associated with human illness (source).
- Pan-Borrelia (Borrelia species) causes Lyme disease, which has become the ‘most common vector-borne disease in the United States and Europe” (source).
- Pan-Rickettsia (Rickettsia species) cause infections in humans, mostly notably typhus and various spotted fevers (source).
- Pan-Babesia (Babesia species) are protozoan hemoparasites and are particularly common in domestic animals (source).
- Pan-Ehrlichia/Anaplasma (Ehrlichia and Anaplasma species) have a wide range of hosts and cause disease in humans and both large and small ruminants (source, source).