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measure what matters


We build technological solutions that deliver meaning, not just data. We’re helping food producers assess microbial risk from farm to consumer. We do so by integrating the latest in single cell transport and characterization with predictive data systems.

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measure what matters


We build technological solutions that deliver meaning, not just data. We’re helping food producers assess microbial risk from farm to consumer. We do so by integrating the latest in single cell transport and characterization with predictive data systems.

Join our team

WHAT WE DO

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DEVELOP TECHNOLOGIES

Our MagDrivetechnology pushes the boundaries of single cell transport and characterization.

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BUILD INSTRUMENTS

Introducing the PIPERplatform, a field deployable system, capable of near real-time monitoring of microbial organisms.

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DRIVE OUTCOMES

We monitor and assess microbial data to provide meaningful operational and food security outcomes for the food industry.

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Our technology


Our patented ferrofluid technology enables label-free cell interaction methods.

Our technology


Our patented ferrofluid technology enables label-free cell interaction methods.

MAGDRIVE

MagDrivetechnology is core to our PIPERplatform. It allows us to interact, sort and manipulate cells with a single-cell resolution directly from complex samples ranging from lettuce to fecal matter. 


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INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY

The PIPERplatform automates tasks such as sorting, enumeration and selection of cells based on viability and other biomarkers. Powered by MagDrive™, PIPERuses unique active transportation to overcome the restrictions of diffusion. Doing so enables assaying and quantification of variable sample volumes based on morphology, surface biomarkers and molecular signals while eliminating traditional requirements such as labeling, washing and filtration of raw samples.


MICROBIAL RISK ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING

PIPERprovides near real-time automated data collection and aggregation into intelligent, learning algorithms. It enables users to collect quantitative microbial data on pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms in the food ecosystem. This information allows food processors to make timely decisions on operations, spoilage and pathogen contamination related losses in the food industry. 

 

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Meet us


We are a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and startup veterans dedicated to improving lives worldwide through our commitment to biology, technology and people. We do this through creativity in science, turning innovative ideas into realistic, human centered solutions.

Meet us


We are a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and startup veterans dedicated to improving lives worldwide through our commitment to biology, technology and people. We do this through creativity in science, turning innovative ideas into realistic, human centered solutions.

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Principal Engineer
Mechanical Engineering

Location: Branford, CT

Staff Scientist/Manager
Food Microbiology Regulatory Affairs

Location: Branford, CT

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Latest News


We are making breakthroughs in eliminating Salmonella risk in food production.

Latest News


We are making breakthroughs in eliminating Salmonella risk in food production.

 
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Label-free cellular manipulation and sorting via biocompatible ferrofluids

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Publication on ferrofluid mediated nanocytometry

 

Metabiota launches analytics service and partners with Ancera

Ancera raises $8.9 million for tech to prevent food poisoning and recalls

Faster Salmonella detection in supply chain focus of CT startup

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Interested in hearing more about Ancera? Send us a note.

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FAQs


FAQs


Following are our most frequently asked questions:

 

How does temperature affect the test results?

The PIPER instrument is designed to function in typical laboratory settings for optimal performance, 15°C ~ 30°C (59°F ~ 86°F).

 

How do I dispose of extra kit reagents or a used cartridge?

Please refer to the package insert on how to properly dispose of excess and used kit components.

 

What is MagDrive?

MagDrive™ is the name of our ferrofluid technology, the basis of the PIPER system.

 

Where can I get further information about PIPER other than the manual that comes with the test kit?

You can visit www.ancera.com for further information on PIPER or you can arrange for a training session by calling our sales team.

 

Can I order individual kit components, such as the cartridge only?

No. In order to maintain consistency of tests, cartridges can only be ordered by ordering kits through our standard ordering process.

 

The buffers that were included in the kit have dried out. Can I get a replacement?

Yes. Please call 203-315-9985 or email support@ancera.com to describe the issue and get either a RMA (return material authorization) or place an order through our standard ordering process.

 

What is the limit of detection of PIPER tests?
The limit is 3.6 log10 CFU in the sample well at the start of the run. Below this level, PIPER reports "<3.6"

 

What kind of samples can I run?

The PIPER system has been validated for Poultry Rinsate and Environmental samples.

 

Do I need to add 275 µl of sample, or can I add more (or less)?

Use only the indicated volumes in the package insert to obtain correct PIPER counts.

 

Can I reuse any of the kit components? (e.g. excess reagent?)

No. In order to maintain integrity of the kit's components and expiry dates of the kit, you can not re-use any excess reagents. If you have excess re-agents, please dispose of them based on the disposal method described in the kit package insert.

 

Do I have to incubate samples for 7 hours? Is there a minimum or maximum sample incubation time?

It is not recommended to incubate outside the indicated range. Refer to the kit package insert for the minimum and maximum incubation times.

 

What if I don't want to run 12 samples at the same time?

The PIPER cartridge supports up to 12 simultaneous independent tests. You may run fewer than 12 tests at one time if desired; however, the cartridge may only be used once.

 

Do I have to incubate samples at 42C?

Yes. The PIPER system has been optimized to produce the most accurate results at 42°C.

 

Can I run different sample types?

At this time the PIPER system has been validated for Poultry Rinsate and Environmental samples only.

 

How do I turn PIPER on?

Refer to the user manual on instrument setup for connecting the power cord. Then simply toggle the power switch on the back panel to the 'on' position.

 

What is included in the kit?

A salmonella enumeration and detection kit contains ferrofluid, dye, control reagent, dye buffer, control buffer and a cartridge. For exact details on fill volumes and quantities please refer to the kit package insert.


What type of on-screen message does PIPER display when the test didn’t work?

If PIPER cannot determine a reliable count for a sample, it will report “indeterminate” for that sample.


How often does PIPER need a software update or service check?
There is no fixed interval for updating the software, however you can check for updates on our options page. If any critical updates are necessary you will be contacted by Ancera Customer Support.

 

Can I use the cartridge and cff (concentrated ferrofluid) with my own buffer?

No. Use only the materials supplied in the kit for running a PIPER assay.

 

Can I partially use a cartridge, then run the unused lanes at another time?

No. The cartridge can only be used once. Any additional usage may lead to cartridge instability and inaccurate results.

 

Can I keep the kits at room temperature?

The kit and its components must be stored at 2° to 8° C (35.6° to 46.4° F.)

 

Can I use a kit that has not been stored at 2° to 8° C?

No. Any kit or its components not stored at 2° to 8° C (35.6° to 46.4° F) would need to be disposed of per the disposal method described in the kit package insert.

 

I left the cartridge liner on during my assay run. Are my results valid?

The results are not valid. The liner will prevent the PIPER system from reporting accurate results.

 

What brand of BPW (Buffered Peptone Water) can I use for incubating my samples?

BPW manufactured by Oxoid (catalog #CM0509) is the only buffer approved for use in the PIPER system.

 

Can I use a single channel pipette to aliquot the ferrofluid?

We recommend that you only use a repetitive pipette to accurately dispense Ferrofluid at the indicated volume.

 

I reconstituted the positive control with the labeling reagent buffer. Can I proceed with my test?

No. The positive control should only be diluted with the positive control buffer. Please refer to the package insert for more detailed instructions.

 

I diluted the labeling reagent with the control buffer. Can I proceed with my test?

No. The labeling reagent should only be diluted with the labeling reagent buffer. Please refer to the package insert for more detailed instructions.

 

What is a PIPER count?

The PIPER system uses sophisticated image processing software to determine the number of cells captured in the test window. These are reported as PIPER counts.


What do the results on the result screen mean?
The results are PIPER’s estimate of the number of CFU (log10) in the sample well at the start of the run.


Can results be saved or imported? If so, in what format?
PIPER's results are saved in .csv format.
 

How do I place an order?

Please call 203-315-9985 or talk to your sales representative.

 

Can I add the labeling reagent to the cartridge once the assay has been started?

No. Failing to add all reagents to the cartridge prior to the start of the run can lead to inaccurate results.