In 2015, Holly Bowers was a post-doctoral fellow with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and was a finalist in the Freedom For You grants program. Her prize was a Freedom 4 device, which allowed Holly to perform real-time analysis in the field for different algal bloom species.
Holly has been working in the field of harmful algae for over two decades. Her research career started in molecular gene therapy, then switched to harmful algae. She has a doctorate in the field of aquatic ecology and is an active member of the Monterey Bay (California) research community.
As a direct result of the success Holly and her colleagues experienced with the Freedom 4, they were asked to trial the upcoming Liberty16, Ubiquitome’s latest major advance in commercial qPCR systems.
The processes, testing and impact of the Freedom 4 and Liberty16 on Holly’s research has been outlined in a new case study. Holly provides details of the challenges they were facing, such as the need to be able to test algal bloom species dockside. The ability to perform analysis on the spot has a direct impact on decision-making and resources.
The case study also outlines:
The capabilities of the Liberty16 device are also set to be outlined by Holly in an upcoming interactive webinar, Beyond the Lab: How to generate high quality qPCR data anywhere. The moderated session will be a great opportunity to share your experiences and challenges with testing outside the lab, as well as any innovations or new technologies you've developed.
Holly will also be focusing on the ability of the Liberty16 to vastly improve the efficiency of harmful algal bloom (HAB) species detection. Enabling rapid and specific analyses from shore-side to ship deployments.
The webinar will be presented on 10 October at 1:00PM Pacific Standard Time. Register now to make sure you don't miss out on Holly's valuable insights into the advancement of early detection of HAB species using a portable qPCR machine.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Aug. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ubiquitome Limited, a developer of handheld, cloud connected genetic analysis devices, announced today that Richard Creager, has joined its Board of Directors. Ubiquitome's Liberty16 extends the company's leadership in commercially available handheld, mobile devices to offer gold standard real-time PCR performance wherever it is needed.
Richard Creager commented, "I am honored to serve on the Ubiquitome Limited Board of Directors and helping Ubiquitome transform life science customers' access to genomic information."
Dr. Creager most recently served as Senior Vice President of Beckman Coulter, Inc. with responsibility for Molecular Diagnostics. He led the introduction of Veris, one of the first sample-to-answer Molecular Diagnostic systems. Richard also was the company's Chief Scientific Officer with key responsibilities to develop the technology and menu strategies for the company's immunoassay and molecular diagnostic businesses. Richard is currently CTO of liquid biopsy company, nRichDX. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Onramp Bioinformatics, a genomics analysis platform company.
Richard S. Creager received his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Paul Pickering, Ubiquitome CEO said, "Richard has a wealth of experience in developing successful products, systems and companies in the clinical diagnostics market. We are delighted to welcome his expertise to the Ubiquitome board as we seek to realize the potential of our mobile technologies for the benefit of patients around the world."
Fellow board member, Evangeline Gonzalez further remarked, "Richard Creager's experience in clinical product development is very important as Ubiquitome moves ever closer to launching applied clinical applications. We are excited to have him come aboard."
Ubiquitome is a global leader in mobile genetic analysis devices offering gold standard real-time PCR performance wherever it is needed. The company is seeking to revolutionize genetic analysis by creating access to genomic information whenever and wherever it is needed.
Ubiquitome to participate at Bio International Convention 2019
Auckland, NZ. 31 May 2019.
New Zealand-based developer Ubiquitome will be exhibiting at the 2019 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia from 3 – 6 June. This event attracts 16,000+ attendees from over 7,000 businesses worldwide, including the leading biotech and pharma companies.
The Convention celebrates globally important innovations in biotech that start with ‘one’: one meeting, one theory, one trial, one breakthrough.
Ubiquitome will be showcasing its breakthrough 'Personal' Genomics Device, the Liberty16. Building on the mobile design philosophy of the company’s ground-breaking Freedom4, the Liberty16 brings unprecedented affordability and flexibility to genomic testing.
The Liberty16 comes with built-in lithium ion batteries for two to three hours of mobile running time, as well as Bluetooth paired with an iPhone app, meaning samples can be run and tested in the field.
An open platform with gold standard performance, the Liberty16 is compatible with industry standard consumables and chemistries such as Taqman® and SYBR.
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA
When: 3 - 6 June, 2019
Ubiquitome: Booth #4014
To schedule a time to view the Liberty16 at the BIO Convention and find out more about how you can run your assay whenever and wherever it is needed, please contact:
Dr Paul Pickering
President and CEO, Ubiquitome Limited
+1 650 730 4958
New Zealand biotech tools company takes major step towards DNA testing at home with US$1,500 mobile device
SAN DIEGO and AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Oct. 19, 2018 -- Ubiquitome Limited today announced the launch of the Liberty16 at the American Society of Human Genetics conference in San Diego, the latest product in its range of mobile real-time PCR systems. Designed to give users access to mobile, cutting-edge DNA testing, the Liberty16 offers DNA quantitation capability whenever and wherever it's needed.
''We've had fantastic feedback on the ground-breaking, handheld Freedom4 we launched in 2014 and we've brought the same mobile design philosophy to the Liberty16,'' says founder and CEO Dr. Paul Pickering. "We're offering it at an accessible price to researchers as an important step on our journey to making DNA testing available in every home."
The Liberty16 starts at US$1,500, and Ubiquitome is taking pre-orders from researchers on a "first-come first-served" basis for the device at http://www.ubiquitomebio.com/Liberty16preorder
Holly Bowers, of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, a Liberty16 early access tester, Freedom4 user and marine science researcher said, "The key benefit of both devices is that you don't have to be in the lab."
"They're mobile and flexible and allow you to look at your samples in the field. With the Liberty16 device you have more wells to work with. That allowed us to do more screening of our cultures."
The Liberty16 comes with built in lithium ion batteries for two to three hours of mobile running time, Bluetooth enabled which paired with an iPhone app means you can run your samples anywhere. The device is sized to fit with whatever space a researcher has, and is easily transported from site to site. It acts as a personal qPCR device, because it:
An open platform, the Liberty16 is compatible with industry standard consumables and chemistries such as Taqman® and SYBR®. Researchers will have an opportunity to see it at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) conference in San Diego, October 16 – 20. Ubiquitome is showcasing the device at Booth 1143 in the San Diego Convention Center.
Ubiquitome is a New Zealand-based developer of handheld, cloud-connected, real-time PCR devices. Ubiquitome's mission is to enable universal access to genomic information through ubiquitous cloud connected, genetic analysis devices.
In 2015, Holly Bowers was a post-doctoral fellow with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), and was a finalist in the Freedom For You grants program. Her prize was a Freedom4 device, which allowed Holly to perform real-time analysis in the field for different algal bloom species.
This is one of the key strengths of the Freedom4. It’s mobile, flexible, and allows researchers to conduct analysis and testing in the field, rather than having to store up samples (some of which might not be needed) for a trip back to the laboratory.
It can be used on a boat, dockside, the flatbed of a truck or sitting on a beach. Holly is one of many researchers whose work frequently takes them out of the lab, and being able to use this battery-powered device anywhere, anytime has had a major impact on their ability to streamline their research processes and make better use of their resources.
It’s easy to transport with a durable casing, which means it’s not going to suffer unduly if it’s getting knocked about while in the field. The whole idea is to free the researcher from the laboratory to a location where their studies are best performed.
This has certainly been the case for Holly and her colleagues, who have seen major savings in time and resources. It’s real-time PCR in the field, and it’s been designed to offer the gold standard performance of laboratory-based platforms anytime, anywhere.
If you’re keen to find out more about the Freedom4 and how it can benefit your research, we’d love to discuss it with you.