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We're thrilled to share that Sample6 has been named as one of the 25 most innovative startups in the ag-tech industry by Forbes Magazine! According to Forbes, they "surveyed the agricultural technology landscape by speaking with experts, venture capitalists and accelerators; then, examined financials and each company’s agricultural credentials" to find the 25 ag-tech startups that showcase the greatest potential.
Sample6 is proud to be collaborating with the non-profit organization Consumer Safety. With our missions and values aligned we want to make sure all consumers are safe.
Michael Koeris, CEO and Founder, Sample6 will be part of a panel at the SynBioBeta SF 2016 event, October 4th-6th. The Future of Food Panel on October 5th will feature the latest food tech entrepreneurs who are reinventing food from the ground up.
Food Quality News, August 31, 2016: Sample6 has closed a $12.7 Series C funding round to help scale-up commercialization of its pathogen detection system. It was led by Acre Venture Partners, new investor Valley Oak Investments and existing contributors Canaan Partners and Cultivian Sandbox Ventures..
FORBES, August 22, 2016: Say the words “synthetic biology,” and venture capitalists think instantly about money in pharmaceuticals. Synlogic, an MIT spinout working to program microbes into drugs that I’ve covered here, is one example.
Company Appoints Michael Koeris CEO as Top VCs Rally Behind Pathogen Detection Innovator to Accelerate Expansion
FDA and Sample6 Collaborate on Pathogen Detection Tech Sample6 is working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its pathogen detection system.
Food Quality News, 7-27-16: "My Biggest Food Safety Challenge is Effectively Managing My Environment"
Sample6 Announces the Initiation of a Multi-Center Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the FDA
Sample6 Awarded First Patent for Application of Groundbreaking Phage Engineering Technology to Food Safety
Sample6 announced today that they have been awarded their first synthetic biology patent for Recombinant phage and methods. This technology contributes to their expertise that is at the heart of their technology.
Check out this great article in Food Safety Tech by our CEO Tim Curran looking at the FSMA Preventive Controls and how to put them into practice.
Food safety innovator Sample6, Cambridge, Mass., launched an easy-to-use CONTROL iOS application to equip staff with on-the-fly food safety testing data.
Major food safety events have brought environmental testing to the forefront. Check out this article by Jim Hammel from our Customer Success team on how to leverage food safety software as part of a robust environmental monitoring program.
Sample6 has launched an application to help food companies equip their staff with safety testing data anywhere in the facility. Check full article from Food Quality News:
Food safety innovator Sample6 today announced the launch of an easy-to-use CONTROL™ iOS application to address the needs of today's workers and give food companies a way to equip their staff with all of the safety testing data they need on the fly.
Synthetic biology (synbio for short) is a term that circulates freely through the tech world, but what exactly does it mean? It inspires both excitement and concern, depending on application and context. Sample6 has used synbio to create a very rapid and selective test for Listeria, one of the more common bacterial food contaminants. Check out this great overview on synthetic biology and companies taking advantage of this new technology.
Sample6 is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup with a new way to detect food-borne pathogens such as Listeria and Salmonella. Its technology was conceived in a Boston University lab, and the company was cofounded by Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology PhD students Michael Koeris, Timothy Lu and Tanguy Chau. But they didn't do it on their own - Sample6 had lots of help, advice and $150,000 in convertible notes from Boston University's Office of Technology Development.
From sanitation and processing to testing and analysis to transportation and imports, government requirements of companies in the food industry are changing. Many companies are already prepared for the transformation that FSMA will bring. Within food testing and analysis, expectations will be higher than ever. Companies should be able to more accurately and rapidly identify contamination in order to take immediate action. What are some of the biggest concerns in testing and analysis? What changes can we expect? In a roundtable discussion with Sample6 executives, Michael Koeris, Ph.D., founder and vice president of operations, and Tim Curran, CEO, share their perspective on the hurdles that industry is facing and how innovative technology plays an important role in the future of food safety.
Every day brings a new report about a food product recall. With all of the progress in disease detection and recall management, hasn’t the food supply become safer? Is the increase in recalls a result of more aggressive government enforcement of food safety? Or has the media simply become more attuned to food safety issues and giving them more scrutiny?
Faster listeria tests are coming out to help manufacturers determine if their products are contaminated more quickly than the current standard tests, which take several days to produce results.
Once food manufacturers begin looking for Listeria more often, it’s only natural that they will begin to look for faster tests. Traditional means of detecting Listeria involve techniques and processes that take several days to complete while waiting for the return of laboratory results. But new options are emerging.
When harmful bacteria are found in food products, things can quickly spin out of control for processors. A white paper recently released by the Food Science Institute at Kansas State University details the shutdown of a facility in Wheeling, IL leased and operated by a specialty food manufacturer. According to the report, the company experienced two food pathogen-related events (Listeria monocytogenes in its products), resulting in voluntary product recalls in May 2014. Only two months later, the company terminated its lease for the facility, surrendered the property to the owner and laid off all the remaining staff.
With the complexity of our food chain increasing, food safety has become more complicated. The task of ensuring food safety now demands a completely different mindset, as well as new approaches and more extensive regulations.
Sure, things may look great now, but it wasn’t long ago that Kendall Square was a biotech ghost town—and the good times might come to an end if we’re not careful. Meanwhile, gene therapy, cell therapy, and microbiome research look poised to make an impact on healthcare—just don’t overlook the hurdles that remain, or underestimate how long it’ll take to clear them.
Interview with cofounder, Dr. Michael Koeris, about Sample6 and Dietz & Watson.
Sample6 expects to have an assay for Salmonella validated by the AOAC by the middle of the year. The firm told FoodQualityNews it is working on a Salmonella assay for environmental and food matrixes and current Listeria environmental customers are requesting an assay to detect Listeria for food.
Sample6 today announced a milestone 2014 as the food industry embraces the shift to proactive testing to make food safer. Revolutionizing the pathogen detection process, Sample6's advanced bioillumination technology and analytics platform reduces testing time to a single shift and simplifies the analysis process -- catching potential product issues before they leave the plant and enter the consumer food chain.
Dietz & Watson adopted Sample6 DETECT/L. Recently introduced to the food industry, this diagnostic for environmental Listeria does not require enrichment and can be completed in only seven hours.
Diagnostics startup Sample6 recently moved its headquarters to Cambridge from Boston's Seaport District and raised an additional $2.5 million from the founder of the company, who also works as a biological engineering professor at MIT. The latest funding comes from Tim Lu, Sample6 founder and board member.
Dietz & Watson now uses Sample6 technology to test, find and remediate the Listeria pathogen before any products leave the plant.
Dietz & Watson has cut time to result by days using Sample6 technology to test, find and remediate Listeria before products leave one of its plants.
Continuing its mission to be a food industry innovator, top food maker Dietz & Watson today announced the expansion of its food safety and quality control initiative in its Philadelphia meatpacking facility. Dietz & Watson now uses Sample6 technology to test, find and remediate the Listeria pathogen before any products leave the plant.
Sample6 and a family-run business are illustrating how simple it is to prevent costly recalls while improving production time
Following a pilot with ConAgra and other clients, Sample6's DETECT/L enrichment-free pathogen diagnostic for Listeria has been awarded AOAC certification from the organization's Performance Tested Methods program. Michael Koeris, founder and vice president of operations for Sample6, told FoodProductionDaily that the relatively young company has made significant progress in developing its technology.
Sample6 today announced that DETECT/L™, the only enrichment-free, single-shift pathogen diagnostic for Listeria species, has been awarded AOAC Certification (#041401) from the AOAC Research Institute's Performance Tested Methods (PTM(SM)) Program. Sample6 is conducting live demos of DETECT/L today and tomorrow at The Food Safety Summit in Baltimore. Stop by Booth #541 to sign up.
Sample6, a company focused on applying biotechnology to advance food safety, announced today that it has secured a $11 million Series B financing round led by Canaan Partners. Joining the round are Cultivian Sandbox, a fund which invests in emerging technologies in the food and agriculture industry, and Series A lead investor Flybridge Capital Partners. In addition, the company noted that Stephen Bloch, MD, General Partner of Canaan Partners, has joined its Board of Directors while Peter Farina, PhD, Executive in Residence for Canaan Partners, will join its Scientific Advisory Board.
Sample6 co-founder, Tim Lu, writes about the growing field of synthetic biology and how it is advancing science as well as our society. Unlike other engineering disciplines, however, synthetic biology can—and should—be guided by the natural blueprints and organizational principles of evolution, the ultimate “tinkerer” at the cellular level. As a result, physical intuition, which has played such a central role in developing other engineering fields, may be less helpful in guiding this exploration, and we should always question whether we are using the best construction techniques. By following natural design principles, can we build better systems? Will the field of synthetic biology progress from a modest group of skilled artisans to a thriving industry on par with modern mechanical and electrical engineering? Will it ever fulfill its many promises to reprogram natural organisms and create new organisms for addressing a range of applications in human health, energy, and the environment?
We are extremely excited about our Harvard Business School case study, 'Sample6: Innovating to Make Food Safer".
On a hot summer day, nothing spells refreshment quite like a slice of juicy, orange cantaloupe. But in summer 2011, cantaloupes reached plates with an unwanted addition: listeria. In the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak since 1925, cantaloupes contaminated with this bacterium killed 33 people.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is a quasi-public agency of the with a 10-year, billion-dollar mandate to create jobs in the life sciences and support vital scientific research through low-interest loans, internship support, and other initiatives.