Goddard Labs, Inc. (formerly Goddard Labs, LLC) is a biotechnology research and development company dedicated to the design of novel molecular diagnostics and their support products for agricultural and environmental testing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year, foodborne diseases cause illness in 1 in 6 Americans resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths and more than $100 Billion is economic loss. The number of multistate outbreaks in recent years are an ever present reminder that current food safety practices are not working to protect the public. A significant portion of recent outbreaks arise from the consumption of contaminated raw produce. In response to these growing concerns, The Food Safety and Modernization Act was signed into law in 2011, and the Produce Safety Rules are now under discussion at the FDA. Among its many important provisions is a shift fromresponse to prevention.
Goddard Labs is developing HARVEST - a rapid, low cost, hand-held, sample preparation technology, to enable producers to transition to molecular diagnostic testing without significant cost penalty.
Standard testing of food samples for microbial pathogens still largely rely on culturing as an inexpensive primary diagnostic, or as a precursor step to downstream molecular diagnostics (MolDx). Culturing introduces a significant and potentially critical time delay to diagnosis. In the case of perishable foods such as produce, the items are often distributed before the microbial testing is completed, resulting in post-distribution recalls. While MolDx offers faster results, most protocols still require a 9-24 hour pre-culturing step before performing the MolDx test. With no time advantage and additional cost, there is little incentive for the industry to transition to MolDx testing. Goddard Labs is developing an inexpensive technology to eliminate culturing in MolDx testing.