Delivering the power of molecular testing
Roka Bioscience is dedicated to developing rapid, highly accurate molecular assays and instrument systems for the Food Safety Industry. The Atlas® System represents a new tier of molecular rapid pathogen testing, offering automation and technology that bring true walk-away convenience and workflow advantages to the laboratory.
Roka is focused on creating novel testing solutions that help manufacturers mitigate risks, protect their brands, and meet the increasing testing demands now and for years to come.
Roka Bioscience will provide food safety professionals with a fully automated molecular pathogen detection solution that delivers rapid, accurate results and improved laboratory efficiencies.
Roka Bioscience, Inc.
20 Independence Boulevard 4th Floor
Warren, NJ 07059
Contact: Phillip Berry
When there is notice of an outbreak or a recall related to produce, we can all agree that it is not something that we want to be associated with, whether it was caused from produce sent out by our operation or whether it is produce that we have consumed. With buyer specifications and the new FSMA rules, produce operations are guided on how to prevent food safety issues at the operation level. However, do you ever consider how you are preventing food safety issues while buying, storing and preparing produce at home?
A Food Safety Plan and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) are safe food advancements that are either required or recommended by the U.S. FDA (Federal Food and Drug Administration) with the ideal goal of eliminating outbreaks and food recalls. The alarming volume of over 500 food recalls in 2015 has since compelled Congress to impart judicial powers to the U.S. FDA and the DOJ (Department of Justice) with the ability to bring criminal charges against companies and their management for food safety violations as it relates to foodborne pathogen outbreaks. Congruently, the newly developed and mandated FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) expands the food safety compliance requirements of the food industry to supply safe food, along with safe food protocols and procedures.
Roka Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKA), a molecular diagnostics company focused on providing advanced testing solutions for the detection of foodborne pathogens today announced the appointment of Mary Duseau as President and CEO. Ms. Duseau succeeds Paul Thomas, the Company’s President and CEO since 2009, who will assume the position as Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. The changes are effective 1/17/17.
Navigating the new food safety environment demands dramatic changes in your culture, strategy and technology.
Getting fresh produce to market while still ensuring quality and safety is often a paradox in the produce industry. The demand for more product with longer shelf life continues to rise as people try to eat healthier foods. However, public health data, recent recalls and outbreaks amidst increasing consumer awareness and changing regulatory requirements create a very challenging landscape for today’s growers, packers, retailers and other links throughout the supply chain. As a result, produce companies are turning to innovative solutions to help them meet the demands of producing and providing safe, quality products in a timely manner.
Every year at the International Association of Food Protection there are fabulous presentations and this year in St. Louis was no exception. One in particular was by Frank Yiannis, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart, in which he discussed the great leaps and bounds his company has been making in effort to reduce the levels of Salmonella in chicken parts sold at their stores. Salmonella accounts for 380 deaths and 19,000 illnesses each year with as many as 19% of salmonellosis cases linked to poultry products, so it is a significant public health concern.
Roka Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKA), a molecular diagnostics company focused on providing advanced testing solutions for the detection of foodborne pathogens, will launch a new technology-based environmental auditing program during a co-presented webcast titled: Play FDA for a day: Criminalization of foodborne illness & what you can do to protect your company.
We live every aspect of our lives by numbers. Numbers and calculations rate, rank, grade, condemn and save us every day. This hit home recently when a member of my immediate family was battling multiple myeloma. It was amazing and simultaneously terrifying, the new world of diagnostic numbers he and those close to him were immediately thrown into. New results and benchmark numbers were constantly being compared as my family member tried to understand the meaning of a particular protein value and its relationship to this indicator or that. White count levels and the appropriate number of stem cells that would be needed for a successful transplant became part of everyone’s new daily vernacular. On the day he learned remission was achieved, the group text from the oncologist visit said, “Beta 2-MG = 4 YEAH!” We all knew that the number “4” was a great value, and he was there.
Contract food testing laboratories have experienced a 9.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past five years, reaching $3.4B in 2013. One food contract testing laboratory was experiencing this rapid growth in pathogen testing volume first hand. It began exploring alternative testing options that could enable sustained growth while minimizing additional expenses associated with hiring additional staff, increased overtime, & facility expansion. This case study explores how the contract testing laboratory was able to grow its pathogen testing business within an existing footprint, with no additional resources, and provide a higher quality results to its clients.
It is important to know how the results on a Certificate of Analysis are obtained. All pathogen methods are not the same and therefore the quality of the result can vary. This presentation will provide a risk assessment of different pathogen detection methods using a Failure Modes and Effect Analysis and will discuss how method risk impacts confidence in a Certificate of Analysis.
I recently attended the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) Science Forum in Washington, DC. This was my fourth time attending and find it to be one of the most educational meetings. What makes this meeting unique is the commitment and open mindedness to new concepts, technologies, and strategies that will keep driving the industry forward through the next decades.
Roka Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROKA), a molecular diagnostics company focused on providing advanced testing solutions for the detection of foodborne pathogens, announced today that the Extended On Board Stability feature is now available for the Atlas System
It is important to know how the results on a Certificate of Analysis are obtained. All pathogen methods are not the same and therefore the quality of the result can vary. This presentation provides a risk assessment of different pathogen detection methods using a Failure Modes and Effect Analysis and will discuss how method risk impacts confidence in a COA. This presentation demonstrates how a six sigma tool can be used to evaluate and compare methodologies, so you can have more confidence in the ingredients & products that are essential for your finished goods.
The importance of a strong and vigilant food safety culture within your organization is more important for today’s food processors and suppliers.
Since the Limits Application concept was presented at IPPE last year, there has been a significant advance in both the understanding and scope of applications both upstream and downstream within the poultry supply chain.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show in beautiful San Francisco. I was amazed by the passion of the artesian craftsmen peddling all sorts of delectable goodness! It was like being in a Willy Wonka movie with over 100 chocolate companies - all offering samples. But there was so much more than chocolate at this show! There were endless aisles of cheese, olives, deli meats, candy, pastas, beverages, dips, oils and every snack food imaginable.
Differences in kibble product formulations can complicate traditional pathogen detection methods, adding time and cost to the testing process. The purpose of this study was to validate the Atlas Salmonella Detection Assay for 375g kibble samples using a non-proprietary media with various sample-to-media ratios at 18-24 hour enrichment times.
An informative presentation about detection technologies offered by Roka Bioscience in the produce industry. This presentation was done during the PMA Tech Knowledge 2014 Symposium.
The Atlas System is a fully automated molecular instrument that enhances the accuracy, speed, and efficiency of food safety testing through detection of molecular pathogens, including Listeria, Salmonella, Escherichia coli, and other organisms commonly implicated in food contamination episodes.
Pathogen testing is often outsourced to Third Party Lab providers. It is important to ask the right questions to ensure the test method aligns with the quality goals of the organization.