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Food safety start-up raises $9 million

by Melody M. Bomgardner
July 11, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 28

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Credit: Ancera
Staffers at Ancera’s laboratories.
Credit: Ancera
Staffers at Ancera’s laboratories.

Branford, Conn.-based start-up Ancera has raised $9 million in a first round of funding to help it commercialize technology that swiftly identifies microbial food safety hazards such as Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli. Investors included the food safety companies Packers Sanitation Services and Metabiota. Current detection systems require an often days-long incubation followed by a multistep laboratory identification process. Ancera’s PIPER technology uses a ferrofluid and magnet to manipulate, sort, and count viable pathogens from a sample.

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