The objectives of the second phase of the “food safety” Noblis Sponsored Research (NSR) project were focused on addressing specific needs learned from our industry partners so that our capability can be impactful to the community as a whole. In the process, we worked on broadening and augmenting the capability of BioVelocity to develop a minimum viable product for industry customer usage. This is especially crucial as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to fully implement whole genome sequencing (WGS) technology in all of their facilities by 2018; eventually compelling the industry to follow suit. Our building of trust with food professionals during our fiscal year (FY) 2016 and FY 2017 pilots, by demonstrating and providing genomic solutions, will play a role in assisting the food industry in this transition.
The food industry continuously faces food safety is-sues that result in outbreaks, illnesses, and product recalls. Because the route from farm to fork is often long and complex, there are ample vulnerable points for pathogens and contaminants to gain entry into our food system. In FY 2016, we completed the first phase of our pilot study by introducing WGS as a potential method to rapidly identify foodborne pathogens. Interacting with partners, we gained a better understanding of the challenges and immediate needs from the industries.
Due to the complex nature of the requirements for this NSR, we divided the tasking into three individual facets:
BioVelocity minimum viable product (MVP). This facet of the project included development of remaining times from FY 2016.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primer and assay design. Using a fail-fast approach, determine the viability of PCR primer and assay design in the current food safety market space. Utilize the PCR Signature Erosion Tool (PSET) and BioVelocity signature/conserved sequence detection for initial assay region detection and erosion detection of common organisms that cause foodborne illnesses.
Phase 1: Determine viability
Phase 2: In-depth development
Food safety research and development. Develop new features for our bioinformatics capability based on industry need.
The advancements that can be credited to this project are:
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