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This past Monday, February 19, a Philadelphia-based global molecular solutions company called Invisible Sentinel Inc. announced its first-in-class Legionella species assay had been verified and adopted by a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) ELITE Certified Laboratory called Q Laboratories, Inc.

The CDC ELITE, or Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation, is a CDC designation for labs that have shown proficiency with isolating, growing, and identifying Legionella from samples collected in the environment. Traditional screening methods, however, can often take up to two weeks so a development like the one touted by Invisible Sentinel would certainly mark a significant improvement.

The new first-in-class same day Legionella species assay is called the Veriflow Legionella and can provide results in under 4 hours. In addition, Veriflow also includes a DNA Signature Capturing technology which allows the species assay to differentiate between viable and non-viable organisms, a distinction which can allow individuals responsible more information to act upon when containing an outbreak or even just a sporadic case of Legionnaires’ disease.

According to Invisible Sentinel’s CEO, Dr. Nicholas Siciliano, “(W)e spent several years developing this assay to ensure it would meet the high standards set by ELITE CDC certified testing laboratories and we expect it to be a game-changer for the water testing market,”. On the topic of partnering with Q Laboratories’, Siciliano added that “(W)e’re excited to partner with Q Laboratories, a market leader in assay validation and microbiology testing services, to formally launch our groundbreaking Legionella assay to the entire industry,”.

This kind of technological advance, along with the cube discussed earlier, gives a good deal of encouragement to individuals involved with water distribution systems. Indeed by ensuring that testing can be as quick and efficient as possible, it can allow individuals involved on the ground more alternatives and options for responding to potential Legionella infections and hopefully preventing the contraction of Legionnaires’ disease as a whole.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

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