Remember that name! One of the great things about UW-Madison is how much it encourages and helps people who want to start their own businesses, and lab members Pamela Camejo and Francisco Moya are the next entrepreneurs to come out of our graduate school. Their startup is called Pathogenomica, and the service they will provide is broad pathogen detection in water samples using DNA sequencing. Most tests for pathogenic bacteria are specific for single pathogens, while Pame and Pancho’s soon-to-be patented process will identify all currently known pathogenic bacteria at once. And this is just the beginning for Pathogenomica – they plan to expand into whole genome sequencing to detect new pathogens and antiobiotic resistance, as well as quantification of pathogens.
Keep an eye on this up-and-coming business out of UW-Madison and the McMahon Lab, and remember Pathogenomica if you need samples tested for pathogens in the near future!