PathSMART – Advanced Pathogen and Disease Detection

PathSMART™ represents a quantum leap forward in the detection of food and airborne pathogens. PathSMART™ is the first portable pathogen detection technology that uses our proprietary biosensor micro-chip technology to measure and quantify pathogen-carried diseases such as E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria without the need of a specialized lab or technical staff. In addition, PathSMART™ is able to detect potentially harmful pathogens with greater accuracy and at an earlier stage than has been possible before by any detection modality. Detection with the PathSMART™ system can be done in seconds and minutes as opposed to hours, and the results can be researched, shared and transmitted to appropriate first-responders instantly further minimizing the potential for an infected source to become a health and safety issue.
For the first time. PathSMART™ provides physicians, food safety professionals, environmental agencies and global disease mitigation providers an ability to combat the spread of pathogen-delivered disease faster, earlier, and more economically than ever before.

PathSMARTTM Advantage

PathSMARTTM deliverers the following advantages:

  • Patented biosensor micro-chip technology provides detection of pathogens at lower level than current ELISA and PCR modalities.
  • Proprietary sensing technology can deliver results within seconds or minutes.
  • Results are based on biomarkers specific to an individual pathogen are concurrently more accurate and more reliable.
  • Cost of testing is exponentially less expensive than current testing methods.
  • Portable design allows for setup and testing of samples at any location.
  • Disposable sensor cartridge prevents contamination of hardware and environment.
  • Built-in secure wireless connectivity allows for data to be compared, researched and shared with approved strategics and first-responders.

Detectable Pathogens

Although SKC’s initial focus will be on the detection of E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, the following list of known foodborne pathogens are among those the PathSMARTTM system will be addressing:

Bacterial

  • Arcobacter butzleri*
  • Campylobacter jejuni*
  • Campylobacter fetus*
  • Cronobacter sakazakii
  • E. coli O157:H7*
  • E. coli, non-O157 STEC*
  • E. coli, enteroaggregative/STEC
  • E. coli, other diarrheagenic
  • Listeria monocytogenes*
  • Salmonella
  • Vibrio cholerae O139, toxigenic*
  • Vibrio vulnificus*
  • Vibrio parahaemolyticus*
  • Yersinia enterocolitica*
  • Yersinia pseudotuberculosis*

Algal

  • Pseudo-nitzschia pungens* (domoic acid-producing)

Parasitic

  • Cryptosporidium*
  • Cyclospora cayetanensis
  • Sarcocystis*
  • Trypanosoma cruzi*

Viral

  • Astrovirus
  • Caliciviridae (norovirus and sapovirus)
  • Hepatitis E*
  • Nipah virus*
  • Norovirus
  • Rotavirus

Fungal

  • Aspergillus flavus aflatoxin

Prion Agent

  • Creutzfeldt Jacob Disease prion*

* reservoir or major transmission pathway through animals.

Potential Beneficiaries

The following is a partial list of areas of application where PathSMARTTM is intended to make a substantive impact on increasing health and safety:

Food Safety

  • Food processing plants
  • Commercial farms
  • Grain and meat storage facilities
  • Food transport companies
  • Grocery stores
  • Food banks
  • Restaurants
  • Fast Food chains
  • Cruise lines
  • Emergency food providers

Medical

  • Hospital patient care
  • Emergency care
  • Local clinic services
  • Disaster and emergency response

Transportation

  • Airlines
  • Rail and subway systems
  • Bus and group transport carriers
  • Immigration egress and ingress
  • Shipping and trucking