U.S – Salvus LLC has opened a new facility in Valdosta, Georgia, to offer increased capacity for engineering, research, testing, and production of interferometric-based biosensors to find contaminants in chicken.
Derived from the Latin word for safe, Salvus detection technology utilizes a lightweight, handheld, and easy-to-use device that offers many benefits. It can be used across multiple industries to detect many types of contaminants such as pathogens, chemicals, and proteins while processing and sharing findings within minutes.
The device is also extremely sensitive detecting chemicals down to parts per trillion (PPT) and proteins in picograms per milliliter, according to the company.
“Salvus Detection Technology holds great promise as the world’s first handheld chemical and biological interferometric detector.
“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,” said Clinton Beeland, President and CEO of Salvus.
The poultry sector may be able to detect illnesses, viruses, and pathogens more effectively in both the production and processing settings thanks to the optical-based biosensor.
“What interferometry gives you is something that’s very sensitive. Another great thing about this technology is that it’s very adaptable,” said Andre Tatar, Product Manager, Salvus, at the 2022 Poultry Tech Summit.
The technology, which was first created at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, uses a laser light source, a waveguide, and an optical detector. It may eventually eliminate the need for sampling tests carried out in laboratories by qualified specialists.
According to Clinton Beeland, President and CEO of Salvus, they are getting closer to being commercially ready because of the successes they are experiencing in their research and testing endeavors as well as the improvements they are making in the design and scalability of the handheld device, discrete sample cartridge, and flow monitoring cartridge.
“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,” he said.
Over the next three years, it is anticipated that the new facility will add 50 to 75 employees in the fields of science, engineering, technology, and precision manufacturing. It includes many lab spaces in addition to a manufacturing and packaging section.
Salvus is part of the CJB family of companies which was founded in 1997 to serve the food and agriculture, life sciences, and specialty chemical industries.