Pathogens… Just the word causes worry amongst
any person who knows what they are. And in quick, they’re anything we all want to
stay away from. We lately got the opportunity to speak with Milan Patel, Co-founder and CEO
of PathogenDx, a Scottsdale, AZ primarily based organization which has created a disruptive
technologies: DNA-primarily based testing for cannabis as effectively as other industries.
Verify out the interview under to discover extra
about this technologies and what it suggests for cannabis growers and customers.
CM: What is
PathogenDx – in 1 sentence, and then in depth? What is the technologies in
play right here?
Patel: In 1 sentence, PathogenDx is an Arizona biotechnology
organization that has created a disruptive DNA-primarily based technologies to test for
several pathogens (bacterial and fungal organisms that result in contamination) in
a fraction of the time, expense and labor to guarantee cannabis, hemp, meals, ag, and
water is protected for consumption.
The planet is filled with
dangerous pathogens that increasingly threaten the security of our cannabis, hemp,
meals and water provide. And however, testing labs nevertheless rely on the Petri dishes scientists
invented more than a century ago. At PathogenDx, microbial testing has now been
brought into the contemporary age. The company’s patent-winning scientists have
invented a game-altering DNA-primarily based microarray technologies (see image under) that
accelerates the testing identification and quantification of microbes (from
E-coli to powdery mildew)—delivering precise final results in just six hours without having
the will need for enrichment or DNA purification. The organization entered the Cannabis
market place to demonstrate the energy of the Ultra-speedy DNA microarray to prove the
capability of delivering the quickest microbial test in the cannabis sector
even though meeting the security testing regulations.
CM: The key
tool in testing has usually been the Petri dish – why transform that now? How does DNA
come into play?
Patel: The Petri dish has been about for 140 years. Having said that, testing final results
take really lengthy since with a Petri dish, you have to take a sample, enrich
any bacterial or fungal organisms in that sample, streak it on an agar culture
and wait for the cells of the bacterial or fungal pathogens to develop ahead of you
get a outcome. This can take anyplace from three days up to 7 days. When you have a
lot of samples coming into a lab, it can be pretty unwieldy.
Why transform now? – The provide chain of
cannabis, hemp, meals, agriculture and water is extra effective now, and with the
solution moving by way of the provide chain considerably more quickly to the finish client, the
danger is larger since a possible contaminated meals is most likely to get consumed
ahead of final results are obtained from petri dish testing. This is evident by the
continued increases in meals borne outbreaks in the final two-three decades, and current
examples are the meals borne outbreaks at Chipotle and the Romaine lettuce
incident. Generally a 19th century answer can not meet the desires
and demands of these markets, and a 21st century answer is necessary
whereby final results are delivered more quickly ahead of contaminated finish solution gets
How does DNA come into play? – DNA comes
into play since the methodology by which the procedure operates is distinctive in
that it is a targeted method: you do not have to wait for the actual pathogen
cells to develop, you are capable to determine that the solution is contaminated at the
molecular level, and you can get a outcome in hours.
Patel: The most significant threats facing farmers and their cannabis/ hemp crops is
continual contamination inside grows with a higher level of presence of each
bacterial and fungal microbes in the finish sample. In addition, we are beginning
to see enhanced presence of viruses – specially for hemp farmers – which is
wreaking havoc as petri dish testing can not test for viruses. This final results in
catastrophic losses each from an financial standpoint, as effectively as yield
CM: Even although
PathogenDx was created for hemp and cannabis, you say it can be employed to
test other agricultural crops, water, even meat and dairy regions. Will the exact same
test and process be employed for distinctive points what else does PathogenDx will need
to do to enter the Meals and Dairy sphere?
Patel: We have produced the technologies universally applicable to several markets
as effectively as ubiquitous, in that at the base level, it is 1 procedure. No matter whether
you are testing cannabis, romaine, milk, water or something else, the procedure is
correctly the exact same. The content material of the kits are mainly the exact same, but
at times enhanced with distinctive bacterial or fungal organisms that are
certain to that market.
presently submitting the use of the technologies as a certified technique to the
AOAC for meals and environmental testing at the federal level. We anticipate to have
certification by mid-2020, and as soon as that occurs, PathogenDx will have access
to a $30B market place. In addition, we are creating a test that can test up to 20
pathogens that are presently causing high-quality troubles in the milk and dairy
market. We strategy to introduce a solution in 2020 for this market place.
CM: What’s subsequent
for PathogenDx in 2020? Exactly where else do you see application of this technologies?
Patel: We are expanding the applications of the technologies into the Meals,
Environmental, Dairy markets, as effectively as introducing a plant pathogen kit that
will broaden the testing capability in cannabis, hemp and Agriculture. The technologies has possible into the considerably bigger clinical
diagnostics with a multitude of clinical applications. At the present time, the
organization is functioning with many collaborators to evaluate essential market place