Innovative Biosensors: system to detect food-borne pathogens, such as salmonella and listeria


Business Description:

Innovative Biosensors Inc. is a privately held company developing novel technologies for the rapid detection of pathogens in biodefense applications and human clinical diagnostics. Innovative Biosensors’ technology has been tailored to rapidly and sensitively detect biological threats in building security, military, and civil defense applications. Additionally, the technology platform is being used to develop rapid tests for the detection of hospital-acquired infections.


Innovative Biosensors wanted to create a system that would rapidly detect pathogens in food processing.  The company needed to test whether known food pathogens could be detected rapidly and with great sensitivity and specificity.

MIPS Role:

IBI worked with Dr. Jianghong Meng of UMD’s department of nutrition and food science to develop their pathogen detection system for use in food processing. They showed that IBI’s system had the ability to rapidly detect E. coli, salmonella and listeria.



IBI secured $21.65 million in investment and created 29 jobs. The company spun off PathSensors, incorporating their core technology, to provide the rapid, sensitive detection and identification of food-borne pathogens and toxins from environmental or food products.


Interesting Fact:

IBI is a graduate company of Mtech’s Technology Advancement Program.

Project Manager:  Tom Hazel

Principal InvestigatorJianghong Meng, UMD

Location:  Rockville, Maryland – Montgomery County

Project Start Date:  8/1/2005

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