Although concerns about the safety of food products have existed for a very long time, it is only recently that we have begun to take a national security–based interest in both the monitoring and protection of the food supply and distribution pipeline.

Figure 1 The TIGER Cub, a smaller version of the TIGER biosensor system designed to detect and identify microorganisms, provides high throughput for a wide variety of applications in a cost-effective, dynamic manner.

Food production, preparation, and sales are highly regulated in the United States and elsewhere around the world. This regulation is, in part, designed to ensure that food does not contain any of a number of naturally occurring pathogens. The enfor…

Figure 2 Operating principle of the TIGER biosensor system.

Figure 3 Status of TIGER applications being developed in collaboration with numerous sponsors/partners.

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