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Invisible Sentinel and Jackson Family Wines Bring Wine-Quality Test to Worldwide Market


Date: 05/05/14

Invisible Sentinel Inc., a life-sciences company that develops and manufactures molecular diagnostics, and Jackson Family Wines, the international wine company based in Sonoma County, announced today the commercialization of a first-in-class test to detect Brettanomyces in wine.

The commercial launch and implementation of this diagnostic assay, called Veriflow® BRETT, follows validation of its accuracy and utility in multiple California wineries and laboratories of Jackson Family Wines, in addition to third party wineries and laboratories on both the East and West Coasts.

Veriflow® BRETT has been jointly developed by the two companies with the use of Invisible Sentinel's proprietary Veriflow® technology and is being jointly marketed.

"Our collaboration with Jackson Family Wines has expedited the development and commercialization of a paradigm changing tool for rapid detection of Brettanomyces at the winery," said Nick Siciliano, Chief Executive Officer of Invisible Sentinel. "We are proud that Jackson Family Wines has adopted Veriflow® BRETT to further ensure the quality of its acclaimed wines and we are working together to make this diagnostic tool available to the entire industry."

Veriflow® BRETT was conceptualized as a partnership between the two companies and came to fruition in conjunction with Invisible Sentinel's Custom Solution Program, a contract service that helps clients to develop customized assays on their proprietary Veriflow® platform.

Hugh Reimers, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Jackson Family Wines, said, "Veriflow® BRETT has found a place in our own wine production because it is easy to use and it quickly informs winemakers of Brettanomyces levels -- letting winemakers make better decisions about their winemaking style even more quickly. We are already seeing interest and demand for this valuable tool from other vintners across the globe and glad to collaborate with the team at Invisible Sentinel."

Veriflow® BRETT brings to winemaking a convenient test kit that can yield results in hours rather than days. The test has been developed with the same Veriflow® technology approved for use in the food industry for the rapid detection of foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella and Listeria.

About Invisible Sentinel

Invisible Sentinel develops diagnostic technologies for multiple industries. The Company focuses on developing rapid diagnostics that quickly provide accurate information about the presence of specific microorganisms. Its first-in-class patented technology, produced under good manufacturing practices, provides the same data as the US Department of Agriculture reference methods but minimizes the time, reduces the cost, and lowers the overhead associated with conventional diagnostics. The food and beverage industries have been the first the Company has served, but its platform technology has the potential to provide valuable tools for additional industries including healthcare, veterinary services, biodefense, and environmental testing, where rapid detection of target analytes from unrefined samples is critical. Uniquely designed for easy, practical use, Invisible Sentinel's proprietary diagnostic products promise to create a new standard for rigorous quality control.

Invisible Sentinel is based in Philadelphia at the University City Science Center. The company is among the more than 60 established companies associated with the center, the largest urban research park in the U.S.

About Jackson Family Wines
Jackson Family Wines (JFW) is a family-owned company that crafts award-winning wines of distinct character and quality. With a focus on sustainable viticulture practices, responsible vineyard and natural resource management and unparalleled winemaking, the family's portfolio comprises more than 30 renowned wineries. In addition to their acclaimed California producers, JFW includes fine wines from France, Chile, Italy and Australia. Founded in 1982 by wine pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Jess Jackson, JFW and its various wineries are led by chairman and proprietor Barbara Banke and the Jackson family.

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