The problems

  • Misdiagnosis of cancers leads to ineffective treatment and may lead to loss of life. Billions of dollars are wasted each year due to the cost of incorrect treatments.

  • Dairy farmers incur routine financial losses caused by the inefficient identification of pathogens that plague their herds.

    • In New York State alone, the culling of treatment-unresponsive cows and the elimination contaminated milk lead to the loss of over $187M per year.

    • Preventing the culling of just 4% of unresponsive cattle could result in the direct savings of $360M in the entire U.S. each year.

Our solution

Our technology enables the detection of pathogens in biological samples based on looking at differences in RNA, which is based on the identification of unique panels of RNA post-transcriptional modifications (PTMs) by mass spectrometric analysis. By comparing the panels of RNA, we can tell within the hour whether or not a sample is infected in a more cost-effective and reliable way

Value proposition

The RiboDynamics technology offers a more sensitive, specific, faster, and less expensive alternative to current diagnostic processes. In the dairy/food markets, the early detection of pathogens in various products could bring enormous savings by preventing hospitalization and deaths to food poisoning, limiting product recalls, and eliminating unnecessary use of antibiotics in dairy and meat production, while increasing the overall food quality to the customer. In the case of staphylococcus-infected cows, our platform will allow dairy producers to monitor more closely the health of their herds by simply testing their milk. More frequent testing will allow them to take immediate action by isolating the infected animal from the healthy herd, treating it with proper antibiotics, and preventing inadvertent mixing of antibiotic-treated milk with the untreated organic one. Early detection will prevent the negative economic impact of downgrading the quality of the product, or re-purposing entire production batches. At the same time, tighter herd management will not only limit the economic impact of having to replace organic cattle, but will also help minimize the overall size of the herds and associated by-products: solid waste, methane and carbon dioxide.