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MEDIA ADVISORY: New Liquid Crystal-Based Technology that Rapidly Detects Multiple Pathogens in Food to be Introduced

Posted Oct. 20, 2011

**MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY**
Wednesday, Oct. 26 @ 10:30 a.m.

NEW LIQUID CRYSTAL-BASED TECHNOLOGY THAT RAPIDLY DETECTS MULTIPLE PATHOGENS IN FOOD TO BE INTRODUCED

Crystal Diagnostics unveils unique food-safety testing system using technology invented at Kent State and NEOMED

WHAT:
Each year, food-borne pathogens cause an estimated 48 million illnesses (affecting one in six people), 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Oct. 26, Crystal Diagnostics will introduce a new technology using liquid crystals to detect multiple harmful pathogens in food in a single test. Crystal Diagnostics is the exclusive licensee of fundamental liquid crystal biosensor technologies developed jointly by a research partnership between Kent State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), previously known as the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy.

Members of the media are invited to:

  • Attend the demonstration at the company’s manufacturing facility in Kent, Ohio
  • Learn about using liquid crystal technology to deliver real advantages in food safety
  • Tour the manufacturing facility
  • Interview experts with Crystal Diagnostics about this new technology and food-safety product
  • Speak with Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton and NEOMED President Jay Gershen about technology transfer, economic development and the important role of research at higher education institutions
  • Capture interesting visuals

WHEN:
Wednesday, Oct. 2610:30 a.m. to noon, lunch to follow

WHERE:
Crystal Diagnostics
Kent State Centennial Research Park
1950 State Route 59
Kent, OH  44240

*NOTE: If you are unable to join us in Kent, you can watch the event online with a live webcast at www.crystaldiagnostics.com starting at 10:30 a.m.*

MEDIA CONTACTS TO RSVP:

Emily Vincent, Kent State University, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595
Cristine Boyd, NEOMED, cboyd@neomed.edu, 330-325-6673

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