Geosyntec understands the concerns that our commercial, industrial, and institutional clients have regarding risks to employees and customers from contact with the infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus particles that cause COVID-19 disease.
To support our clients’ efforts to provide safe working environments, re-entry, and continuation of operations, Geosyntec’s molecular diagnostic laboratory (SiREM) provides accurate and reliable SARS-CoV-2 virus detection services.
How We Can HelpGeosyntec employs Reverse Transcriptase-Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-qPCR), the gold standard method for detecting SARS-CoV-2. Our analysis reduces the potential for false negatives by detecting unique SARS-CoV-2 genes on the viral RNA. Positive and negative controls ensure each analysis is running correctly and will yield a positive result if viral RNA is present.
Geosyntec’s approach is:
- Highly sensitive: can detect just a few virus particles
- Safe to perform: the sampling process inactivates (kills) the virus to stabilize the RNA
- Reliable: clinical methodology has been adapted for environmental testing using widely accepted technology
- Sustainable: does not require critically-needed testing materials from the healthcare supply chain
Duane Graves, Ph.D.
Duane Graves is a microbiologist and subject matter expert with more than 30 years of experience solving challenging problems in biotechnology, biological contamination, forensics, remediation, and environmental microbiology and chemistry. A recognized expert in developing and deploying practical innovations for pathogenic and biological agents, he implemented the first commercial application of real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) for the onsite detection of Anthrax for the US Postal Service. He has worked with hotel management firms, public buildings, the US Air Force, NASA, insurers, a nuclear power plant, various industries, and attorneys to address microbe-related issues and support litigation.
Phil Dennis, M.A.Sc.
Phil Dennis has over 30 years of experience in research and management of molecular biology, microbiology, and environmental remediation laboratories, including molecular genetic testing services, and development of new molecular services to address emerging environmental challenges and client needs.