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We’ve officially launched our brand new sample prep form factor - the Biomeme M1 Sample Prep Cartridge Kit for DNA, DNA-HI, RNA and eDNA. It’s a compact mobile solution for the extraction of purified nucleic acids (in about 1-2 minutes) from a variety of target types (e.g., viruses, gram neg/pos bacteria, archaea, spores, algae) and sample matrices (e.g., arthropods, tissue, plant material, swabs, filters, whole blood, transport media, homogenates, environmental water, urine, etc.).

Keeping in mind the portability and ease-of-use of our platform, these cartridges perform equally as well as our previous form factor and continue the trend of requiring no lab equipment, refrigeration, electricity, incubation, alcohol precipitation or phenol chloroform extraction. Instead, they utilize a filtration-based method in which nucleic acids selectively bind the silica membrane inside our proprietary M1 Sample Prep Columns. Subsequent washes through a sequence of specially formulated buffers yield purified nucleic acids upon elution.

If you were looking to combine speed and performance, then you found it. See it in action here!

The Biomeme M1 Cartridge is available now for purchase at shop.biomeme.com for $450. Each kit contains everything required to prep 30 samples.

For a limited time only, get 10% off your first M1 Sample Prep Cartridge Kit order with code 7SIMPLESTEPS. Limited to one use per customer.

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Meet our newest family member.

All good things must come to an end… and be replaced with something better!

This week we are proud to launch our brand new mobile PCR thermocycler - Franklin™ by Biomeme. Franklin enables multiplex real-time detection of up to 27 targets from a single sample. It’s 3 lbs, hand-held, and battery-operated for maximum portability providing you with a full day’s work out in the field on a single charge.

Franklin™ comes in three different variations depending on the color channel detection you require - one9, two9 and three9. These variations give you the freedom to start small with a 1-color (Green, FAM/SYBR), 9-well portable thermocycler, but also the ability to add up to two additional color channels (Amber, TexasRedX & Red, ATTO647N) in a matter of minutes. The remote upgrade is simple and handled over-the-air via our companion mobile app, Biomeme Go.

Just like our two3 thermocycler, Franklin™ continues the trend of requiring no lab equipment, electricity or special equipment to use and is now available for purchase at shop.biomeme.com

To learn more about Franklin™ or to request a technical product sheet, please contact mark.mcanallen@biomeme.com.

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On Friday, February 22, 2019, Biomeme’s co-founder, Max Perelman, joined Dr. Daniel Beiting (Assistant Professor of Pathology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania) on the Knowledge@Wharton Business Radio series “The Business of Animal Health.”

Topics discussed during the 2/22 episode included:

  • A layman’s explanation of real-time qPCR
  • How Biomeme fits into the larger diagnostics space
  • How portable diagnostics can impact veterinary medicine
  • How veterinary medicine intersects with human health: One Health
  • How Penn Vet is using the Biomeme platform right now
  • How portable detection can be useful for monitoring things that aren’t disease-causing, but which could also impact health

You can listen to the entire episode (26:37) by clicking the play button below.


Pro-tip - skip to minute 2:50.

About the Show
Listen to Knowledge@Wharton Monday through Friday, 10a-12p, EST on SiriusXM channel 132.

K@W Business Radio is a daily, call-in business interview program, broadcasting live from The Wharton School’s historic Ivy League campus. Host Dan Loney goes behind the headlines with world-renowned Wharton professors, distinguished alumni and expert guests.

Website: https://businessradio.wharton.upenn.edu/shows/knowledge-wharton/
Twitter: @BizRadio132

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Event: CaliConf 2018 When: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 12 - 12:30 PM Where: Marriott Hotel - Cali, Colombia What: Rapid Deployment of Molecular Testing: From the Lab to the Sample Who: Max Perelman, Co-Founder Join Max Perelman at the 4th Conference on Mitigation Strategies for Infectious Diseases as he discusses “Rapid Deployment of Molecular Testing: From Lab to the Sample”. Max will cover how field-based molecular detection technologies are enabling real-time pathogen detection and disease surveillance at the point-of-need. He will highlight a variety of use cases in veterinary, aquaculture, vector surveillance, carcass sampling, and working upstream to MinION sequencing. Held at the Marriott Hotel in Cali, Colombia, the conference takes place from November 12-15th. Max will be speaking at the morning session on Tuesday, November 13th from 12-12:30 PM. Register for free online at http://orionbio.com/caliconf2018/. Looking to sync up with Max while he’s in Colombia? Please contact us. About Max Max Perelman is a co-founder here at Biomeme where he leads business and operations. Prior to founding Biomeme 6 years ago, Max spent 15 years in a range of industries, including: environmental consulting and green building technology, eCommerce and enterprise systems development, and management consulting. After launching his career in San Francisco, Max lived in Asia for almost a decade, leading projects in Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, and Tokyo. He has a BA from Cornell University and an MBA/MAIEP from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
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Event: 2018 AAVLD / USAHA Annual Meeting

Organization: American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA)

Date: October 18-22, 2018

Location: Sheraton Kansas City Hotel & Crown Center

Booth: #212


This Annual Meeting brings you the latest in veterinary diagnostic laboratory science, animal health, and disease regulation policy throughout the United States. This year it’s taking place in Kansas City, MO from October 18 - 22nd, so stop by booth #212 to meet the Biomeme team and discover the future of mobile real-time PCR.

Also -- don’t forget to meet Heidi Norton, one of our senior biologists, when she presents her poster on "Rapid and Accurate Detection of Significant Avian and Equine Pathogens" from 3-4 PM on Saturday. She co-authored this poster with the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. Can’t make the poster session? No worries - download your copy here.

Are you attending the Annual Meeting? If so, let’s meet up so we can learn more about your organization and see if our products & services are a good fit. Visit aavld.biomeme.com to schedule an introductory 1:1 with the team.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Biomeme and a team from The Wilds have been featured in The Columbus Dispatch (dispatch.com), a daily newspaper based in Columbus, Ohio. The following is an excerpt from the post, written by Alissa Widman Neese.

While water samples are mostly tested for eDNA in labs, it can be challenging when those labs are located far from the bodies of water being examined.

That’s the case for The Wilds, a 10,000-acre wildlife conservation center that the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium operates about 70 miles southeast of Columbus. Zoo staff members and other wildlife activists across Ohio have released hundreds of hand-reared hellbender salamanders into the state’s waterways since 2012, hoping to reintroduce the species in areas where human impact has reduced their populations to near-extinction.

But surveying past or potential release sites requires some planning, especially when time and heat can degrade DNA before it gets back to their lab.

The “two3” technology tested Wednesday could eliminate those obstacles. Biomeme, a Philadelphia-based company, makes the device, a one-pound box that attaches to a smartphone, which acts as an interface to run the test and send results to a digital storage cloud.

To read the full article, click here.

Visit "A Guide to Environmental DNA (eDNA)" to download our free white paper and learn more about the advantages of eDNA over traditional methods of species detection.

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Event: 148th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society – Communicating the Science of Fisheries Conservation to Diverse Audiences
Organization: Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Date: August 19-23, 2018
Location: Atlantic City, NJ
Booth: 200, 201, 254 (with Smith-Root Inc.)

The 148th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society is expecting an attendance of over 2,000 fisheries and aquaculture scientists; federal, tribal, state, and local administrators, directors, and elected officials; educators; consultants; and marine and freshwater fishing industries. This year it’s taking place in Atlantic City, NJ from August 19th - 23rd. Find us on the trade show floor at the Smith-Root booth (#200, 201, 254) for a chat and a demonstration of Biomeme’s technology paired with Smith-Root’s aquatic eDNA sampling system, the ANDe™.

Meeting sessions, events, and the trade show will take place at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Trade show exhibitors will include federal and state fisheries agencies and companies providing boats, aquaculture supplies, fish tagging and tracking equipment, computer and software applications, consultant services, digital fish-measuring equipment, water quality monitoring and filtration systems, aeration systems, hydroacoustic systems, and others related to fisheries research and management.

Are you attending the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society? If so, let’s meet up so we can learn more about your business and see if our products & services are a good fit. Please contact biomeme@biomeme.com to schedule a 1:1.

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Biomeme will be exhibiting at the 3rd qPCR & Digital PCR Congress on July 24-26, 2017 in Philadelphia. Bringing together industry and academic experts working in areas such as molecular biology/diagnostics, gene expression, genomics, biomarkers, pathogen detection, mRNA, bioinformatics, and data management, the congress will examine the latest developments, opportunities and applications of both dPCR and qPCR through case studies across diverse areas such as oncology, infectious diseases, vaccines, prenatal diagnostics, clinical applications, microbiology, and other novel applications.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107 and we are located at booth #17
Take a look at the two links below for more information on the conference:
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Check out Biomeme's demonstration at NYC Tech Day 2016. We showcased our Fishy Fish test to thousands of citizen scientists!  
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Before I founded Biomeme, my wife called me frantically on a Saturday morning asking whether she should take our 3 yr old daughter to the doctor. She said there was a bad rash on her leg and she wasn’t sure whether it was poison oak or chicken pox. I was skeptical – I’ve seen both and thought this was just poison oak from playing outside. I’m also pretty stingy and we’re on a high deductible HSA so that means everything comes out of our pocket…doctor visit, tests, medicine. And, most importantly, after daycare, the doctor’s office is probably the best place for our kids to catch a bug. That said, I wasn’t there, Mom was worried and what are you gonna do? This is our little baby girl.

My wife called me back later to explain the pediatrician thought it worth ordering a rapid test for chicken pox and she’d call us the next day in time for us to know whether to take our daughter to daycare Monday morning. OK, sounds reasonable. Sunday passes, Monday passes, my wife calls the doctor Tuesday to learn they still haven’t received the results. “We’ll call you either way when the results come in.” Nothing Wednesday, Thursday. Meanwhile, our daughter has missed some daycare but, thankfully, the rash is clearing up. I’m pissed at the whole experience – any parent knows that a doctor visit is really a daylong affair requiring a lot of juggling. My wife and kids wasted a whole Saturday, $150 on the doctor, wasted daycare costs early in the week…and what greets me in the mailbox like 6 weeks later? A bill from the central lab diagnostic company...for a test that I still believe never even occurred. The bill was for about $250 but, because we had insurance, the lab was kind enough to give us their discounted price of $39. I read the bill and thought: No f***in’ way. Now, think back to when you, as a customer, were totally wronged in every way imaginable. Your plans were disrupted, you were made to wait, misled, dissatisfied, and then told to pay. But then I saw what the bill was for – a realtime PCR test for chicken pox. I texted a photo of the bill to my co-founders and wrote, “That test fiasco we went through was the same tech were making for the smartphone.” And I still have that bill taped to my wall right in front of me so I’m reminded everyday of why I’m doing this. Please email me your experience – better yet do a quick youtube video and send me the link. I’m compiling experiences and Biomeme could really use your thoughts
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