SAN FRANCISCO, July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AsureQuality and Ubiquitome have agreed to collaborate on trialling mobile molecular testing for applications in food and primary production sectors. The collaboration will leverage Ubiquitome's hand-held, battery powered real-time PCR device, the Freedom4.
AsureQuality provides quality assurance from the farm right through to the supermarket shelf for producers, processors and Competent Authorities around the world. This includes involvement in animal disease control and pest management and surveillance programmes.
"At AsureQuality we operate across a broad range of market sectors and we see a number of opportunities where the ability to deliver accurate, sensitive and timely diagnostic information can add value to our customers," said John McKay, CEO of AsureQuality.
"The Freedom4 has seen a wide variety of applications including food safety testing and pathogen identification. We are delighted to enter into a collaboration with AsureQuality based around the mobile molecular testing capabilities of the Freedom4," added Paul Pickering, CEO of Ubiquitome Limited. "Timely and accurate diagnostic information is becoming increasingly important in our globalised economy. Our partnership opens up multiple avenues to unlock customer value and realise the potential of ubiquitous genomic information."
Ubiquitome is a New Zealand-based developer of handheld, cloud connected real time PCR devices. The company's Freedom4 is the first commercially available handheld, battery powered device to offer gold standard real-time PCR performance wherever it is needed.
AsureQuality is a commercial company wholly owned by the New Zealand government. It provides food safety and biosecurity services to the food and primary production sectors worldwide.
Every day its experienced team of 1700 experts based at over 100 locations throughout Australasia, Singapore, Middle East and China works alongside customers in over 40 countries to assure the safety and quality of food being produced for millions of people. Its skilled staff and extensive accreditations enable it to audit, inspect, verify and certify food safety and quality and management systems from the farm right to the supermarket shelf.