SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--JMAR Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a non-exclusive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) agreement with Micro Imaging Technology (MIT). This agreement enables JMAR to sell MITâ€™s table-top, rapid microbial identification system as a complement to its BioSentry Water Monitoring System or as a stand-alone unit for laboratory sample evaluation.
JMARâ€™s BioSentry System is a continuous, real-time, on-line monitor that provides an instant â€˜alertâ€™ of a biological contamination event in a water supply. As a validation tool, the MIT system would take a water sample from a BioSentry â€˜alertâ€™ and quickly identify specific species of bacteria, protozoa, fungi or other pathogens present in the water. The MIT system minimizes the confirmation time for contamination validation with culturing time as low as 4 hours and identification within minutes. Since random grab samples, transport time, and standard laboratory procedures can take 24-72 hours to yield results, the combination of BioSentryâ€™s ability to detect waterborne pathogens on-line and in real-time with MITâ€™s rapid identification capability provides users a valuable warning system to prevent widespread illness.
Neil Beer, JMARâ€™s President and CEO, stated, â€œThe OEM agreement provides JMAR with an economical tool to complement the BioSentry, making available in near real-time validation of a BioSentry alert for those customers wanting verification before implementing corrective action following a potential contamination event.â€
The MIT device was evaluated by North American Science Associates and scored 98% accuracy to correctly identify microorganisms in over fifty tests. The MIT system is an off-line, table-top device that can support several BioSentry Systems at one time.
JMAR currently has BioSentry Systems installed in beverage quality assurance, water utility operations, cruise ship water monitoring, and homeland security markets. It is currently undergoing tests by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for homeland security applications.