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Our Palladium™ System is a platform technology with multiple applications in various markets. Key advantages are the improvements to sample preparation and diagnostics, which simplify and automate lab processes. This enables new applications of nucleic acid identification technologies outside of the laboratory. The system opens up opportunities by lowering costs and speeding time to results.

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Food Testing
Testing for contaminates can occur at the food processing site before the product enters the distribution system. This can prevent expensive and brand-damaging recalls of contaminated products.

Veterinary Diagnostics
Point-of-care technologies, which can identify infectious animals rapidly, will allow for more efficient treatment and isolation of these animals. For example, in the beef cattle industry, INT's Palladium™ System will allow for rapid identification of infectious animals as they enter feedlots thus preventing the introduction of disease into the general population. Current technologies are not adequate for field-based diagnostics. Time between the collection of samples from food animals and test results can be days. The time lag associated with current systems allows infected animals to be introduced into large populations, resulting in the spread of disease, increasing morbidity and mortality, and ultimately decreasing productivity. Rapid on-site identification can greatly minimize the introduction of infected animals and will have a significant positive impact on the productivity of animal operations.

Medical Diagnostics
The ability to screen for multiple diseases simultaneously will enable better disease surveillance. In particular, the occurrence of rare but potentially devastating diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease could be continuously monitored along with more common endemic diseases. Early identification of an occurrence of exotic diseases will allow for rapid containment and could prevent catastrophic losses in the industry in the event of an outbreak.

Environmental Testing
Testing of water supplies and environmental areas can be completed more easily and quickly with in-field capabilities, allowing for rapid identification of problems and better management of potential health threats.

Research
DNA and RNA testing is widely employed in research laboratories for disease research, development of new drugs and vaccines, as well as characterization of plants and animals. With the rapid increase in DNA sequence information, INT's system provides a tool to carry out rapid screenings of potential disease markers.

Forensics
INT's identification technology revolutionizes forensic identification by bringing forensic analysis into the field. Networked systems allow for immediate comparisons of DNA sequences to databases, resulting in rapid identification.