bioMérieux acquires Invisible Sentinel

bioMérieux acquires Invisible Sentinel

Invisible Sentinel is a U.S.-based company specialized in food and beverage molecular testing.

February 8, 2019

bioMérieux, a global player in in vitro diagnostics and food microbiology testing, has acquired Invisible Sentinel Inc. Based in Philadelphia, Invisible Sentinel develops, manufactures and markets innovative and user-friendly molecular diagnostic tools for the rapid, accurate and reliable detection of pathogens and spoilage organisms in food and beverage, bioMérieux said. 

Invisible Sentinel has developed Veriflow, a DNA signature-capturing technology that combines simple protocols and workflows with rapid results, accuracy and specificity, the company said, adding that the platform is easy to use and does not require sophisticated lab infrastructure. It targets diversified customer segments in food and beverage (beer, wine, poultry, juices, nutraceuticals, etc.). The patented Veriflow technology, which integrates approaches based on conventional scientific principles, has a proven market uptake with more than one million tests sold since its launch in 2014.  

This acquisition strengthens bioMérieux’s position in food pathogen testing and spoilage organism detection by expanding it to new customer segments such as breweries and wineries. bioMérieux will now offer innovative alternatives to deliver accurate results for rare pathogen testing and challenging food matrices. The acquisition also complements bioMérieux’s molecular food testing solution Gene-Up and offers the opportunity to adapt Invisible Sentinel assays on the Gene-Up system, making them available to customers processing high daily volumes of samples, the company said.  

“We are very enthusiastic about having the talented team at Invisible Sentinel join us, and welcome them to bioMérieux,” said Nicolas Cartier, executive vice president, Industrial Microbiology Unit at bioMérieux. “This acquisition illustrates bioMérieux’s commitment to bring innovative solutions to customers of all sizes to ensure food and beverage quality and contribute to protecting consumer’s health.” 

“We are thrilled to join the bioMérieux family,” said Nicholas Siciliano, Invisible Sentinel CEO and co-founder. “bioMérieux’s rich history of pioneering innovation in diagnostics makes them the ideal partner for us to accelerate our growth. Their global commercial network and leadership in the food microbiology market will allow our products to reach even more customers worldwide while also empowering us to provide additional technologies and resources to our U.S. client base. Ultimately, this partnership will greatly enhance our ability to develop new products, introduce our technologies to new markets, and to better serve our existing customers in the food and beverage industry.”  

bioMérieux has acquired all shares of Invisible Sentinel Inc. for approximately $75 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments. The company has 40 employees (FTE) and generated sales of about $9 million in 2018 with very strong double-digit growth year on year.   

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