Biosearch Technologies and DuPont Qualicon Finalize Scorpion Supply and BHQ, CAL Fluor and Quasar Licensing Agreements for Food Safety Diagnostics
NOVATO, CA (Wednesday, October 27, 2010) – Biosearch Technologies, Inc. (Biosearch), a leading supplier of sophisticated oligonucleotide components to the rapidly growing molecular diagnostics industry, today announced that the company has licensed access to the BHQ®, CAL Fluor® and Quasar® patents to DuPont Qualicon. In addition, Biosearch will manufacture Scorpions® primer oligonucleotides for DuPont Qualicon for use in food safety diagnostics.
“DuPont Qualicon’s dominance in monitoring foodborne and exogenous pathogens and their effect on food safety using integrated BHQ Scorpions-based BAX® solutions, combined with Biosearch’s quality and manufacturing expertise, delivers an innovative and exacting molecular diagnostic solution,” said Marc Beal, Director of Corporate Development at Biosearch Technologies. “We look forward to working with DuPont Qualicon as they commercialize BHQ Scorpions-based foodborne pathogen diagnostics.”
About Biosearch Technologies, Inc.
Biosearch Technologies, Inc. is a privately held, ISO 9001:2008 certified company, located in northern California. Founded in 1993, Biosearch is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of sophisticated oligonucleotide-based tools. Products include fluorophores (CAL Fluor®, Quasar® and Pulsar® dyes) and dark quenchers (Black Hole Quencher® dyes) to be included in custom-synthesized probe formats for real-time, quantitative PCR and other genomic-based applications.
In addition to basic R&D applications, Biosearch now leverages its demonstrated expertise in fully assembled RUO kits and the cGMP manufacture of oligonucleotide components for molecular diagnostic assays. Biosearch Technologies is registered with the FDA (registration number 3003009025), and as such, its contract manufacturing processes conform to all applicable GMP requirements per 21 CFR Part 820. Biosearch markets include pharmaceutical, in-vitro diagnostic, biotech, ag/bio, environmental and food testing, public health, and biodefense sectors.
About DuPont Qualicon
Food processing companies around the world rely on the BAX® System to detect pathogens or other organisms in raw ingredients, finished products and environmental samples. The automated system uses leading-edge technology, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays, tableted reagents and optimized media to detect Salmonella, Listeria species, Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli O157:H7, Enterobacter sakazakii, Campylobacter, Staphylococcus aureus, Vibrio, and yeast and mold. With certifications and regulatory approvals in the Americas, Asia and Europe, the BAX® system is recognized globally as one of the most advanced pathogen testing systems available to food companies. For more information and photos, please visit www.qualicon.com
BAX® is a registered trademark of DuPont or its affiliates.