A new Salvus LLC facility in Valdosta, Georgia, will provide expanded capacity for engineering, research, testing and production of interferometric-based biosensors to detect poultry contaminants.
"Salvus Detection Technology holds great promise as the world's first handheld chemical and biological interferometric detector," said Clinton Beeland, president and CEO of Salvus.
"We are proud to take the next step in our evolution as Salvus in opening our new facility that will enhance our research capabilities, power our testing capacity and deliver on our mission to detect our customers' concerns.”
The new facility is expected to employ an additional 50-75 employees in the fields of science, engineering, technology and precision manufacturing over the next three years. It featured multiple lab areas as well as manufacturing and packaging space.
Optical-based poultry pathogen sensing
The optical-based biosensor could improve how the poultry industry detects diseases, viruses and pathogens in both production and processing environments.
“What interferometry gives you is something that’s very sensitive,” Andre Tatar, product manager, Salvus, said at the 2022 Poultry Tech Summit. “Another great thing about this technology is that it’s very adaptable.”
The technology, originally developed at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. involves the use of a laser light source, a wave guide and an optical detector and could replace the need for sampling tests run in the lab by trained technicians.
"The successes we're seeing in our research and testing efforts combined with the advancements we're making in the design and scalability of the handheld device, discreet sample cartridge and flow monitoring cartridge are bringing us closer to commercial readiness," Clinton Beeland, president and CEO of Salvus explained.
"As a result, we now have agreements with multiple commercial partners for delivering the platform to select markets. Our new facility enables our launch into commercial application."
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