Partnering with microbiologists to diagnose and prevent diseaseTM

November, 2018
October was Employee Ownership Month. Hardy Diagnostics, a 100% Employee-Owned medical device company, is celebrating with activities throughout the month, culminating with a company-wide tri-tip barbecue on Halloween put on by the Vandenberg Air Force Base Non-Commissioned Officer Association (NCOA). Through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP, employees are granted stock in their company... Read more »
September, 2018
Antibiotic resistance is of widespread concern and is particularly critical in developing countries, like Vietnam, where there is a higher burden of infectious disease. In these countries, the cost of new and improved antibiotics can be insurmountable, leading to the use of outdated and ineffective antibiotics. Furthermore, self-diagnosis and self-treatment can lead to antibiotic resistance... Read more »
May, 2018
From 2002 to 2014, the rate of antibiotic-resistant infections doubled from 5.2% to 11% while the overall rate of bacterial infections has remained relatively constant (13.5 million to 14.3 million). Treating an antibiotic-susceptible infection costs an average of $1,394, while an antibiotic-resistant infection costs an average of $3,698. There were approximately 1.5 million cases of... Read more »
May, 2018
Recently, cases of cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) and hepatic pain in the United States have been described among Vietnam War veterans. The cause is Clonorchis sinensis, one of the most prevalent parasites in the world which is still transmitted in many regions of Asia. It is also known as the liver fluke worm. The fluke... Read more »
April, 2018
In recent years, greater appreciation for microbes inhabiting human body sites has emerged. In the female mammary gland, milk has been shown to contain bacterial species, reaching the ducts from the skin. Researchers have also discovered a diverse population of bacteria within tissue collected from sites all around the breast in women ages 18 to... Read more »
April, 2018
While GBS screenings are the standard in the US and in Europe, there are still parts of the world where the 1 in 5 women globally who carry GBS may not receive screening or treatment. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded a study led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, involving... Read more »
March, 2018
What doesn’t need water, can freeze solid and come back to life, survives intense radiation, and stays alive in the vacuum of space?  Although the answer isn’t a cinematic horror, it certainly looks the part. The humble tardigrade (also known as a moss piglet or water bear) is a small-scale animal that rarely grows larger... Read more »
March, 2018
Kombucha, an effervescent beverage originating in Asia, has received much attention lately in the neutraceutical and alternative health industries as being an anti-carcinogenic, fermented tea. It is believed to help regulate the gut microbiome, aid in metabolism and cell proliferation, increase detoxification, and help protect the liver. Kombucha originated in China over 2,000 years ago... Read more »
March, 2018
In December, Hardy became re-certified by the State of California and the County of Santa Barbara as a Green Business. To achieve this award the company had to complete many green projects. Some examples would include the conversion of all lighting to LED bulbs, the use recycled paper, eliminating the use of paper plates and... Read more »
March, 2018
A new locking lid, “Lok-Tight,” was introduced for Hardy’s line of contact plates for surface monitoring.  The locking lid is activated by twisting the lid clockwise in order to keep the lid fastened even if the plates are accidentally dropped. The locking feature is important for the integrity of clean room surface testing for viable... Read more »
March, 2018
A new and improved Carrot Broth for the detection of Group B Strep was launched this year.  This “One Step” product no longer requires the addition of a tile into the tube. Carrot Broth remains the best way to screen for Group B Strep in pregnant women in order to prevent neonatal disease.
March, 2018
Hardy has made available numerous products that can be used to test the safety of cannabis products. These include media for the detection of bacterial and fungal pathogens, such as, Salmonella, toxigenic E. coli, Aspergillus, and others. Traditional culture media is offered for the performance of colony counting procedures, as well as new products, such... Read more »
March, 2018
Hardy launched numerous products in a bag format in 2018. Tryptic Soy Broth is now available in bags of 100ml, 700ml, and 5L; which include convenient dispensing ports. These products are used by the pharmaceutical and food industries.
March, 2018
Sales of the TrioBas Impact Air Samplers continue to grow. Customers enjoy the Bluetooth feature, multiple heads, and cordless charging. Hardy now offers annual calibration services for those that use the TriBas system for their clean rooms.
March, 2018
In August, The company-owned Moxie Café expanded and opened up a new branch within the Santa Maria Library. Now healthy food options can be enjoyed by customers in the downtown area.
March, 2018
In July, the Hardy Partners donated over five tons of food to help feed the disadvantaged in our community. 1,800 food items and $1,000 in cash were generously given by the Hardy workers. All proceeds will be distributed by the Salvation Army.
March, 2018
Hardy opened a new California distribution warehouse in order to better serve its West Coast customers. This 20,000sf facility in Santa Maria allows Hardy to efficiently process outgoing orders. As a part of Hardy’s green efforts, the entire roof and back parking lot will be covered with 650 solar panels which will more than supply... Read more »
March, 2018
In August, Cardinal Health became an authorized distributor of Hardy’s automated gram stain instrument. This advanced and patented instrument accommodates all different types and thicknesses of specimen material in order to produce a consistent, perfectly stained slide every time, and without variation due to technologist technique.
March, 2018
In January of 2018 Hardy Diagnostics earned its accreditation from ISO 17025 to perform calibrations for its customers. The laboratory at Hardy currently calibrates air samplers used in a clean room environment. Plans for adding thermometers and scales are being formulated.
March, 2018
Recent research suggests that Alzheimer’s could be due to amyloid plaque forming around an infectious agent.  Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that affects more than three million people each year. There are limited treatment options and no cure. While it generally affects those over the age of 60, it has been diagnosed in people... Read more »
March, 2018
Dietary sugar and Clostridium difficile are not usually two things you hear of in one sentence, but it was recently discovered that a sugar additive, trehalose, may encourage the virulence of Clostridium difficile. The supporting study titled “Dietary trehalose enhances virulence of epidemic Clostridium difficile” was very recently published in January 2018 in Nature, International Journal... Read more »
March, 2018
According to the American Cancer Society, “colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, excluding skin cancers” and is responsible for over 50,000 deaths annually. In a recent newspaper article published in New York Times, “Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests” by... Read more »
February, 2018
Antibiotic development has had its challenges recently; and while the concern of drug-resistant Gram-negative has been vastly described since the past couple of decades, there is a growing light at the end of the tunnel with the recent approval of the broad spectrum antimicrobials between 2015-17. Even more encouraging is the potential regulatory filing and... Read more »
February, 2018
Bananas are the world’s most exported fruit and have become a dietary staple for many people and cultures. Of the 114 million tons produced annually, 85% are produced for consumption in the United States [1]. Unfortunately, the most popular fruit in the world may be under threat by a lethal fungal disease. Fusarium wilt of... Read more »
January, 2018
Fluoroquinolones have been the staple of antimicrobial therapy since the launch of the flagship representative “Ciprofloxacin” by Bayer in the early 1980s. Fluoroquinolones have a fluorine atom attached to the core quinolone molecular ring and this modification results in a class of broad-spectrum bactericidal agents that show increased stability and potency against both Gram negative... Read more »
January, 2018
A new device called the iChip, short for isolation chip, may unlock the potential to culture the majority of microbes that still remain undiscovered.  So far, standard microbiology culture methods have only been able to grow about 1% of microbial species in vitro on synthetic media (1). Beginning in 2002, the iChip was designed and tested by... Read more »
January, 2018
Think of your daily morning routine. You wake up, shower, get dressed, eat, gather your belongings, and make your way out the door to work or wherever the day takes you. Most everyone has a mental checklist of the items we can’t forget in order to function properly throughout the day. I can’t speak for... Read more »