Ensuring the Quality and Safety of Food from Farm to Fork

Smart Diagnostics Systems (SDS) was founded with a mission to protect consumers and companies from the dangerous threats and consequences that foodborne pathogens (ex. E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella, etc.) pose on a global basis. The outbreak of foodborne pathogens and foodborne illness is a significant and growing burden. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year nearly 48 million people get sick, nearly 130,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne pathogen illnesses, the biggest cause of illness in the United States annually.

In addition to foodborne pathogens effects on the public, foodborne pathogen outbreaks and recalls costs food industry companies billions in losses every year. Due to the huge impact of foodborne pathogen outbreaks and foodborne illness, we are in great need of diagnostics that can rapidly, accurately, and cost efficiently detect foodborne pathogens throughout the food supply chain. This is why SDS created the PathoMeter, a state of the art diagnostic system for the rapid detection of foodborne pathogens.

SDS's PathoMeter


SDS recognizes the urgent need from the food industry for fast and rapid technology to detect foodborne pathogens. E. Coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Listeria, and other pathogens have caused many hospitalizations, fatalities, and huge losses to companies in the food industry. The PathoMeter will allow the food industry, from farm to fork, to test food and beverages for dangerous pathogens faster, more accurately, and more efficiently than ever before!


Truly Rapid Detection

SDS's PathoMeter has minimized the overall detection time in pathogen testing from 1-3 days, to 4-8 hours. SDS's detection system will provide results in less than 30 minutes.


Increased Accuracy

SDS's detection platform is highly specific. This allows the PathoMeter to eliminate problems with false positive and negative tests, and distinguish between live and dead pathogen strains, while giving quantitative and qualitative results. High sensitivity allows the PathoMeter to identify pathogenic bacteria in low concentrations. Both sensitivity and specificity contribute to the increased accuracy of SDS's PathoMeter detection system.


Ease of Use

SDS’s PathoMeter was created with ultimate ease of use in mind. Within hours, using PathoMeter instructional guidelines and protocol, any personnel can become a trained professional on how to use SDS’s PathoMeter. Size efficiency and portability also contribute to the PathoMeter's ease of use.


Reduced Cost

Conventional pathogen detection systems are very expensive. SDS’s diagnostic system will significantly reduce costs per sample and the cost of the diagnostics. The reduced cost will allow companies of all sizes to have access to sophisticated detection technology.

Meet The Team

Executive team

Michael Nichols Ph.D.
Elijah Sharpe
Majed Dweik Ph.D.


Todd Abraham Ph.D.

Former Executive at Pillsbury Co. and Mondelez International (formally known as Kraft Foods)

Gene Gerke

President of Gerke & Associates, Inc.; Vice President of Centennial Investors

Eric Thompson

Former Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Deputy District Manager

Eric Burgess Ph.D

Dean of Lincoln University School of Business; Former Supply Chain and Operations Manager at Proctor and Gamble

Ewin Barnett

Founder of CARFAX


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Frequently asked questions

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Food safety refers to a series of actions and practices undertaken at every stage (from farm to fork) to ensure that all food intended for human consumption is safe, helping to avoid serious foodborne illnesses.

Foodborne pathogens are substances such as parasites or bacteria in food that cause illness or food poisoning, and in severe cases, death.

The most common foodborne pathogens that cause the most illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States include Listeria, Norovirus, E.coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella.

Foodborne illness is an illness induced by eating food or beverages contaminated with harmful pathogens. Given the right conditions, millions of bacteria can flourish on common, everyday foods. Fortunately, most forms of food poisoning last only a short time - between one and three days. Some food infections may make you feel sick for as long as seven or more days, while other cases may even be fatal.

Total testing time is the time it takes from sample to results (including enrichment). The total testing time of SDS’s PathoMeter is 4-8 hours.

Time to result refers to the amount of time it takes to analyze an enriched and prepared sample. The analysis time/time to result of the PathoMeter is less than 30 minutes.

Yes. The PathoMeter currently has the ability to detect up to three pathogens in one sample or a single analysis.

SDS will be accepting pre-orders for the PathoMeter starting in December, 2018 for companies who want to conduct on-site testing. For companies who are interested in SDS’s certified lab services, go to Contact Us

No! SDS’s PathoMeter was created with ease of use in mind. Within hours, any personnel can become a trained professional on how to use SDS’s PathoMeter.

In addition to being extremely user friendly, the PathoMeter is also portable. This allows the PathoMeter to be used throughout the entire food supply chain. Food manufacturers, processors, distributors, and retailers can all use the PathoMeter to ensure the safety of their food products.

SDS is not currently offering contractual services, but you can experience the advantages of SDS Labs in our pilot program.


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