MicroPhage's technology has applicability outside clinical diagnostics. In fact, the company receives weekly contacts from outside partners and prospective customers suggesting new and exciting applications for our technology. Below are only a few markets in which MicroPhage feels the technology has strong value.
Veterinary Diagnostics / Animal Health
Whether for companion animals or production animals, test applications in the veterinary market are closely related to those in the human clinical market. Whether it is mastitis in dairy cattle or urinary tract infections in house cats, bacteria play a critical role in the health and welfare of our animal friends. MicroPhage's platform has the capability of developing easy to use tests that can be applied in food production as well as veterinary office settings to rapidly diagnose bacterial infection and even assess antimicrobial resistance.
Environmental bacteria have often been cited as the silent reservoir for infections and contamination. Because current diagnostic methods often take days to detect these pathogens, the direct value of the results are minimal, leaving the tests to be a tool for process improvement. MicroPhage believes that there is tremendous value in rapid, same day detection of environmental bacteria that could proactively manage reduce the risk from this silent reservoir.
Much of our food is contaminated with bacteria – including Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica. Bacterial contamination of our food supply is a leading cause of emergency room visits and missed days of school and work in the US. Often difficult to detect, current diagnostics in this area also take 2-4 days for results, and in this time product has shipped and is often already at the grocer. Rapid and accurate bacterial evaluation of food supplies can facilitate early release to the supply chain thereby minimizing inventory costs and decreasing recall risks. MicroPhage has strong data to support rapid detection of Salmonella and E. coli direct from food samples. Please see the Library section for MicroPhage abstracts on these applications.