Organizations in the food industry often face issues with potential pathogens in non-sterile preparations. They also need to determine, with certainty, the components of a food product for the market to assure its provenance, safety, and compliance. For these purposes, DNA sequence-based technologies have the advantages of being less affected by food processing techniques than protein-based approaches and able to address any organism of interest.

SmartGene’s IDNS® modules with their unique, validated, and constantly updated reference databases facilitate gene and genome-based identification of potentially harmful bacteria and fungi, as well as helping to trace organisms to the source of contamination.

SmartGene’s Animal Differentiation Module allows for the accurate determination of the provenance of meat and fish in both pure and mixed samples (NGS).

The fully documented and traceable work flow in the SmartGene modules generates a searchable archive for case comparisons and statistics; multi-point access and networking abilities promote collaborations between distant affiliates.

Click here for details about a recent study on food authentication, the identification of morel mushrooms.

Sequencing is the established gold standard and reference method for many clinical diagnostics applications in bacteriology, mycology, virology, and human genetics. SmartGene’s secure, web-based IDNS® Service Modules enable clinical laboratories anywhere to harness the power of gene sequencing in their daily routine operations. Our technology guides the user through specific, pre-parameterized analysis from raw data files to the confident creation of final reports for the treating physician. SmartGene provides the laboratory with an easy, fully traceable analysis workflow in accordance with stringent clinical diagnostics validation procedures. To this end, SmartGene’s IDNS® Modules are QM/QC documented, version-controlled, and CE-IVD marked. 

Pharmaceutical manufacturers are subject to stringent QM/QC processes to assure the integrity of their supply chain and the quality of their products. Genetic markers can identify contaminants precisely and trace the organism back to its source. For industry players seeking the best solution for sequence-based identification of bacteria and fungi, SmartGene’s web-based modules contain constantly updated reference databases which are the largest, most complete, and most representative in the industry. Furthermore, SmartGene’s Modules enable consistent and standardized data gathering to determine case-relatedness and potential cross-contamination in a supply chain. SmartGene’s solutions are 21 CFR Part 11 compliant for incorporation into validated GxP processes.

Genetic data are increasingly important to medical research. However, challenges exist with the aggregation, processing, and archiving of such data, and the need to keep them available for queries, comparisons, and further analyses on an ongoing basis.
Researchers use SmartGene’s configurable IDNS® Service Modules to derive new insights from their annotated sequence databases and to enhance their expertise with each case added. Specifically adapted data management and mining tools render complex searches and detailed analyses easy and efficient. Specific knowledge in bio-informatics or computer programming is not required, so researchers can focus on the interpretation of the data. It is SmartGene’s role to keep the reference databases, interpretive algorithms, and bioinformatics up to date and in step with the evolving science.

Genetic diversity drives molecular epidemiology and outbreak surveillance of infectious agents. Genetic data enable standardized and reproducible approaches to identify case relationships, transmission chains, and epidemics. Data collection and data mining on regional, national, and international levels create a powerful resource.
Over many years, SmartGene’s web-based technology has enabled public health surveillance programs. The modules are ideally suited to limited resource settings because they require no costly local infrastructure. SmartGene’s solutions are easily implemented and adopted by academic and public health institutions facilitating network collaborations for real-time, high-impact, epidemiological surveillance.