PathSensors introduces portable pathogen detection system

PathSensors, Inc., based in Baltimore, recently introduced its portable Zephyr Pathogen Identifier system to deliver rapid, reliable bacteria, virus and toxin detection.

The Zephyr can detect threats in power and liquid samples in minutes using the CANARY - cellular analysis and notification of antigen risks and yields - technology license from the MIT-Lincoln Laboratory.

CANARY biosensors' rapid kinetics and signal amplification of cell-based signaling allows pathogen detection at sensitivities as low as 50 cfu/pfu within five minutes.

"The portable Zephyr is as an easy-to-use, field deployable pathogen identification system, typically requiring less than a half hour of operator training," PathSensors President Ted Olsen said. "The user interface walks the operator through each assay step, making the system extremely user-friendly."

Currently, PathSensors is working with other government organizations, including first responders, in deploying the system to detect biological risks in the field.

PathSensors is offering reagents at launch for the rapid identification of the most common biothreats, including anthrax, ricin, botulinum toxin, smallpox, the plague and tularemia.

"Typically, field samples are transported to regional laboratories for identification testing which can take critical hours," Olsen said. "Zephyr technology enables quick testing onsite in minutes."