Solving the global
food safety challenge

REDUCING food pathogen testing
from 3 days to 20 minutes

Targets, Isolates and Analyzes only live cells

20 minutes

Test Time

1 cfu/25 ml




  • Reduces the time for food pathogen testing from 3 days to 20 minutes
  • Developed from the ground up for the food industry and foodborne pathogen analysis
  • Selected as the preferred food testing platform by the USDA-ARS
  • Molecular results that meet or exceeds every critical metric to replace lab tests
  • Paid Pilots with the world’s largest food companies



Food recalls for potentially deadly pathogens like Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli are on the rise. The diagnostic tools for tracing these contaminations take 3-7 days in a specialized, off-site lab and cannot distinguish between a raging contamination and a single errant cell. It’s no wonder that it can take months to find and verify the source of an outbreak. The longer it takes, the higher the financial risk. A single outbreak can cripple a large company and bankrupt smaller ones.

New technologies are needed to reduce the number and severity of outbreaks. Dozens of companies have tried. None have succeeded. Until SnapDNA.

SnapDNA is working to provide tools that food safety professionals need to reduce the number and the severity of outbreaks, lower production cost, and provide for fresher, safer food.  We have the first self-contained, on-site analysis designed to replace food pathogen lab tests. Results are available in 20 minutes and hundreds of samples can be analyzed per day. Unlike lab tests, SnapDNA provides quantitative data to reduce the time to find contaminations from months to days, enabling predictive analytics to help prevent outbreaks.

SnapDNA test results are available when product is ready to ship enabling fresher, safer food. Food companies save millions of dollars per year in storage costs and reduce exposure to contamination and recalls.


SnapDNA replaces traditional “brick & mortar” food testing services with on-site pathogen testing.

SnapDNA meets or exceeds every critical industry metric for food pathogen testing including those for specificity, sensitivity, and false positive rates. The SnapDNA system processes industry established sample sizes and analyzes only live cells. Testing can be performed almost anywhere, by almost anyone, with only minimal training. Our automated system can be placed directly at point of need, allowing cloud-based and instant, real-time monitoring of pathogen testing for a food company across all its facilities, delivering the information every food safety professional requires and every food company needs. We have the vision, technology, and products to capitalize on the inevitable change to rapid analysis in the existing, recession-proof, $10B food pathogen testing market.

SnapDNA is in a leadership position with tipping point technology. We are poised to revolutionize food safety testing by delivering the next generation of analytical tools to the food industry.


SnapDNA has developed the food industry’s fastest molecular pathogen test. Our patented TrueRapid™ technology captures only targeted, live cells in near real-time.

TrueRapid™ eliminates the need to culture bacteria prior to analysis, enabling on-site or field-deployable pathogen analysis of environmental or food samples with quantitative, sample-to-answer, results in as little as 20 minutes.

SnapDNA’s TrueRapid™ analysis meets or exceeds every critical industry metric and is the first true rapid solution capable of replacing legacy lab tests.

SnapDNA Heat Map


Identify, Quantify, and Isolate in a Single Day

Knowing where things happen is as important as knowing what is happening.

Quantitative heatmap analysis facilitates the ability to trace contamination to its source and enabling faster reaction when identifying, isolating and confirming remediation


SnapDNA’s customer proven system reduces the time for a pathogen test from 3-7 days to 20 minutes. It works with any size sample, from a tablespoon to a few liters. Analysis is performed in self-contained, single-use cartridges; each acting as a miniature, computer-controlled laboratory. It can be operated almost anywhere, by almost anyone.

SnapDNA can be used where food is produced, packaged, or grown. It is as accurate as a lab test and much less susceptible to human error. Test results are uploaded to the cloud so food safety professionals can monitor all of their facilities in real-time and identify potential contamination events before product is shipped.

SnapDNA Instrument & Cartridges


David Medin David Medin Founder & CEO

Veronica De Guzman Veronica De Guzman Founder & Chief Scientist

Gabriel Matus Gabriel Matus Founder

Tom Jacobs Tom Jacobs Sales & Marketing

Zeal Panchal Zeal Panchal Scientist


The food industry is looking for the breakthrough product SnapDNA is delivering. SnapDNA has key strategic and government partnerships


SnapDNA has been selected by the most the most influential FoodTech accelerators.

Plug And Play Food Bytes Lloyds Register IFTNext FoodTech Accelerator Terra


TrueRapid means results are available when product is ready to ship. For most food companies, that means a total-time-to-result of one hour or less.

We estimate a total-time-to-result as little as 20 minutes for a standard 90-100mL sample.

Once a contamination occurs, it will often spread to surrounding areas. The largest number of cells are usually at the contamination source and the number of cells decreases as you get further away. Quantitative analysis provides the number of cells at each test site, making it easier, faster and more reliable to identify the contamination source and confirm the efficacy of the remediation process. A non-quantitative test simply reports the presence or absence of pathogen cells. That makes it very challenging to determine the contamination source once it has spread.

Lab tests rely on culturing bacteria in order to grow enough cells for accurate analysis? The culturing process used in lab testing eliminates the potential for quantitative analysis.

Yes. The SnapDNA analysis is designed to meet or exceed lab testing at every metric. This includes analyzing standard industry samples, low false positive rates, live-only cell detection and very low limits of detection.

To minimize false positives, food labs use a 2-stage process of bacteria enrichment followed by RNA/DNA analysis. SnapDNA utilizes a 2-stage process of cell capture/isolation followed by RNA/DNA analysis. Since cell capture/isolation is far more specific than bacteria enrichment, we expect our false positive rate to be the lowest in the industry. Based on 3rd party analysis, we expect our false positive rate to be less than 1 in every 10 million tests.

“Kill” steps such as cooking, pasteurization, or sanitation are designed to kill pathogens, however they don’t destroy the pathogen DNA. Confirming the effectiveness of a kill step or sanitation program requires a food safety test that detects only live bacteria. Live-only analysis is integral in the SnapDNA 2-stage process. Only live cells are capture therefore only live cells are detected. SnapDNA has filed for patent protection on this and other key processes.

The SnapDNA system can be used almost anywhere by almost anyone with minimal training. No special skills are required. Further, the system does not require a lab environment and requires no special facilities modifications.


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