Simple, inexpensive, disposable.
Beacon Food Safety utliizes Beacon's BrightSPOT™ technology for combining an extraordinarily sensitive light sensor with very bright light-producing molecules from the deep oceans to perform up to a hundred different diagnostic tests on a 10 microliter (half a drop) biological sample. The unique architecture of the BrightSPOT System allows it to test even “dirty
” samples, without the need for time-consuming sample preparation.
The ultimate in miniaturization.
The BrightSPOT System begins with a cartridge about the size of a USB thumb-drive and contains an incredibly sensitive, patented chip that can analyze up to 112 different pathogens or conditions, yet is smaller than the head of a pencil eraser. The sample is placed into the cartridge’s port and the cartridge is docked with the BrightSPOT data communicator. Designed to utilize various detection methods (see below), if a pathogen biomarker is detected in a sample, light will be generated at a specific location and quickly reported. The Gaussia luciferase used to generate the light signal comes from a deep-sea copepod and produces a bright blue light estimated to be up to 10,000 times brighter than firefly luciferase, which is widely used in biological testing.
Cost-effective and affordable.
The combination of an extremely sensitive detector and an extremely bright signal make for a unique biological detection system, the BrightSPOT System. Despite its superlative signal strength and sensitivity, the BrightSPOT cartridge is inexpensive enough to discard after use.