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SIAF aquaculture facilities. (Photo: Sino Agro)

Sino Agro Food partners with biotechnology firm


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Wednesday, November 01, 2017, 22:50 (GMT + 9)

Investment company Sino Agro Food, Inc. (SIAF) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation and mutual benefit with biotechnology company CibusDx.

CibusDx has developed a portable device capable of rapid testing for diseases in shrimp and other species of interest to SIAF.

The state of the art system is also designed to communicate, report, and record the results of tests done in the field to secure data repositories. In addition, it provides important advances in disease detection methodologies, and will greatly benefit the aquaculture industry.

“Given that SIAF has multiple species of animals entering its sites daily, it is imperative we have a method to rapidly screen incoming animals for disease to maintain high levels of biosecurity. This device will screen for selected diseases within an hour, instead of days, as is the typical time for collection of samples, sending them to an appropriate lab, and having the results returned,” pointed out SIAF’s Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Ostrowski.

The executive stressed that the device is easy to use with a minimum of training and results cannot be compromised by poor analytical or reporting methods and that it will greatly reduce the risk of bringing disease onto their sites.

The two parties will further discuss SIAF selling and distributing the CibusDx system within mainland China and SIAF using the communication capabilities of the system to provide exclusive professional consultation to customers within mainland China.

CibusDx also has an agreement with the University of Arizona Aquaculture Program to develop assays and take steps to certify the device and assays through appropriate regulatory bodies. SIAF will aid development by providing advice, samples for testing, and validation at SIAF laboratories.
 
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