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Roka Bioscience, Inc. Receives AOAC-RI Certification for 10 Additional Salmonella Matrices


9/27/2012 10:42:16 AM

WARREN, N.J., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Roka Bioscience is proud to announce that its Atlas Salmonella Detection Assay has received AOAC Performance Tested Methods(SM) Certification (PTM #031201) from the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI) for 10 additional food matrices. These matrices include frozen raw ground beef (375 g), raw ground turkey, cooked deli chicken (325 g), romaine lettuce (375 g), tomatoes, black pepper, dry pasta, dry pet food, soy flour, and shell eggs (100 g). This is further validation for the assay, which originally received AOAC-PTM certification in March of this year.

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This matrix extension brings the total number to 22 food and 3 environmental validated matrices for the assay, including composite levels of samples and some of the more problematic matrices in the Food Safety Industry. The Atlas Salmonella Detection Assay combined with the fully automated Atlas System provides an accurate, reliable result with improved laboratory efficiencies.

"The Atlas System provides an incredibly easy-to-use, powerful platform for detecting Salmonella, an important food pathogen," stated AJ McCardell, SVP of Commercial Operations for Roka Bioscience. "The addition of these matrices further extends applications of the Atlas Salmonella Detection Assay and the Atlas System, giving laboratories even more testing options."

About the Atlas System
The Atlas System is an innovative fully automated molecular instrument for the detection of pathogens in food and environmental samples. This instrument utilizes a simple three-step procedureEnrich, Transfer, Automateand is capable of processing over 300 samples in 8 hours. The system's continuous workflow and high throughput provides greater efficiency, flexibility, and dynamic scalability to meet the ever-increasing demands placed on food safety laboratories. Customer evaluations have demonstrated a reduction in direct labor costs with the Atlas System in side-by-side comparisons with leading competitive methods.

The initial menu for the Atlas System includes the Atlas Salmonella Detection Assay and the Atlas Listeria Detection Assay. Additional assays are currently in development.

About AOAC-RI
The AOAC Research Institute (AOAC-RI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOAC INTERNATIONAL (AOAC) that administers AOAC's conformity assessment, including the AOAC Performance Tested Methods program. AOAC is a globally recognized, independent, not-for-profit standards developing association founded in 1884. AOAC serves the analytical community by engaging industry stakeholders to develop voluntary consensus standards for methods and providing analytical methods that demonstrate confidence in analytical results. For more information on the AOAC-RI and AOAC, visit the AOAC website at www.aoac.org.

Roka Bioscience
Roka Bioscience is a privately held company focused on developing and commercializing innovative solutions based on molecular technologies for the industrial markets. The company's scientific platform is based on proven, proprietary technologies used widely in clinical diagnostic testing and now being introduced into food safety and other industrial markets. Roka's current product line provides food safety professionals with a fully automated molecular pathogen detection solution that delivers rapid, accurate results and improved laboratory efficiencies. For more information, visit www.rokabio.com.

Contact:
Steve Sobieski
Chief Financial Officer
(908) 605-4621
ssobieski@rokabio.com

SOURCE Roka Bioscience


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