At the end of the year, a three-year long expansion project was finished at the Ohio manufacturing facility, which doubled the space needed for new clean rooms, warehousing, shipping, and walk-in coolers.
COVID-19 has dominated our lives for the better part of a year and yet we are left with more questions than we are answers. One of these questions most frequently brought up is how long will the antibodies be effective after a vaccination is given?
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), a pandemic on March 11, 2020. 1 Since then—at the time of writing—63,098,003 cases and 1,465,111 deaths have been reported from 191 afflicted countries/regions across the globe. 2 Along with its high transmissibility and mortality... Read more »
In December, HDx completed a renovation project of its manufacturing facility in California, in which a new walk-in cooler, employee locker room, and chemistry lab were completed.
Carbapenem-resistance Enterobacterales (CRE) is a global health threat. From screening to confirmation, Hardy Diagnostics is proud to join you in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Our rapid CRE assay, CARBA 5, gives you the advantage!
Saving Patient Lives with Rapid Pneumonia Testing Streptococcus pneumoniae and Legionella pneumophila pose a severe threat of morbidity and mortality, with acute symptoms that include shortness of breath and chest pain. High-risk cases are known to result in respiratory failure, sepsis, pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis.(1) Consequently, “Pneumonia is the world’s leading cause of death among children under five... Read more »
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In October, the Hardy Partners celebrated their eighth year of being an Employee Owned company (ESOP). As a company that is 100% owned by its employees, the workers receive free shares in the company every year on November 30th. The theme this year was “Backing Your Future!”
A team of researches at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England, have reported a new compound that displays the ability to kill both gram-positive and gram-negative antibiotic-resistant bacteria (1). PhD student Kirsty Smitten, Principal Investigator Jim Thomas, and their team in the Department of Chemistry first published their findings in Chemical Science in... Read more »
Bacteria are commonly considered a culprit leading to cancer. However, recent research suggests that some bacteria, being a potential enemy can also be a friend, and thus be utilized to create novel cancer therapeutics and treatments.(1, Figure 1) A great deal of research ahs centered on using bacteria to reduce the size of tumors. Tumors... Read more »
“Many people have asked me how I got started in business. First of all, you will need to know that our company, currently consisting of 430 co-workers, manufactures culture media that microbiologists use in the laboratory. Culture media is what we call the “bug food” that bacteria and fungi feast upon in order for microbiologists... Read more »
As the number of global coronavirus cases continues to increase beyond 20 million, there is an urgent need for treatment for those infected with SARS CoV2. Internationally, biotech companies are working feverishly towards developing a vaccine to reduce infection rates. However, it is still unclear when a final product will be released and to what... Read more »
In September, several new executive leadership positions were created. Andre Hsiung became the company’s Chief Scientific Officer in charge of R&D, Technical Services and Performance Studies. Christopher Catani (pictured) was promoted to Chief Operations Officer. Sue Pruett added Quality Control to her Quality Assurance duties.
The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike any public health emergency we have seen in many decades. Nations have shut down borders, businesses, and life as people knew it. Aside from the obvious economic side effects of shutting down businesses, offices, schools, and other buildings, another potentially deadly disease may be on the rise as a consequence... Read more »
In the Fall, two new properties were purchased on McCoy Lane in Santa Maria, CA. A 12,000sf building as added to the seven existing buildings on McCoy to house more office and manufacturing space. Also, a two acre parcel was purchased to accommodate a future building project.
Below are quotes from numerous studies showing that Vitamin D can be useful in the battle against COVID-19 infections. “Several groups of researchers from different countries have found that the sickest patients often have the lowest levels of vitamin D, and that countries with higher death rates had larger numbers of people with vitamin D... Read more »
Without a doubt one of the greatest health problems plaguing Americans to date is obesity. The CDC reports that currently 42.4% of adults in the US are obese with a body mass index (BMI) between 30-40. Among these individuals, 9.2% were reported as having severe obesity with a BMI greater than 40. (1) In addition... Read more »
CBD: How Pet Parents are Leading the Pack -The current landscape for pets and medical cannabis products In America, around 70% of households own a pet. This means that roughly 90.5 million families have welcomed a four legged (or maybe feathered) friend into their homes. (Rainwalk Pet Insurance, 2022) Not only do most people own... Read more »
Listeria hysteria! Outbreaks have been popping up in a variety of foods over the years—however, not all infections are created equal. The severity of L. monocytogenes infection, also known as Listeriosis, is dependent on both the host’s immune system and the virulence of the strain.(1) Immunocompromised populations may experience encephalitis, meningitis, bacteremia, miscarriage, gastroenteritis, or... Read more »
Hardy Diagnostics is proud to partner with labs around the country as they work tirelessly to detect and prevent the further spread of COVID-19. We were recently featured by a local news team to show our community what we’re doing in the fight against this pandemic. Watch our recent highlight and let us know how... Read more »
Can it control gluten sensitivity and asthma? Helicobacter pylori infection is no laughing matter. Sufferers can look forward to such unpleasant symptoms as chronic gastritis, gastric ulcers, and possibly gastric adenocarcinoma. Only discovered in 1982, H. pylori‘s pervasive presence, particularly in developing countries, is now accepted as the underlying cause of many gastric disorders.Despite the... Read more »
A study published on May 6th, has produced optimism that vitamin D may help to prevent serious infections of the COVID-19 virus. Researchers from the UK have compiled data on the incidence of COVID-19 infections and correlated it to the blood levels of vitamin D in people from 20 European nations. The results show that... Read more »
One of the deadliest species known to man is Aedes aegypti, also known as the Yellow Fever mosquito. This species of mosquito is capable of carrying and spreading diseases such as chikungunya, zika, yellow fever, and dengue fever to more than half of the world’s population. These diseases are the cause for millions of deaths... Read more »
In May, Hardy Dx continued its endeavor to keep hospitals well supplied with PPE by releasing a new UV light chamber that is used to sanitize N95 face masks. It is capable of sanitizing four masks at a time within four minutes. This UV treatment will allow hospitals to recycle their N95 masks that are... Read more »
Bacteria are becoming more resistant to drugs while pharmaceutical companies are slowing their antibiotic research. Due to low profits and high time consumption, there are fewer drugs discovered and manufactured by drug companies.(1) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE), and multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections are a major concern with limited treatment options. Treatment is... Read more »
This is the question that many are asking, but unfortunately, there is no easy answer. First of all, we have to take a look at why the cold and flu viruses seem to dissipate in the summer months. There are four possible reasons why respiratory viruses are more common in the winter and tend to... Read more »
In the United States, approximately 2.8 million people are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) every year resulting in billions of dollars in healthcare costs and approximately 35,000 deaths (1,2). About 80% of antibiotic use in the United States comes from the agriculture industry, particularly in the husbandry of cattle and poultry. While antibiotics are... Read more »
Due to the recent 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have been getting many inquiries about what type of swabs, media, and kits should be used for COVID-19 sample collection prior to testing. Below we have a short guide on which COPAN products meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Guidelines for... Read more »
In March, HDx immediately responded to increased demand for Viral Transport Media and PPE to help meet our nation’s need for supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 20 million Viral Transports were sold in 2020, along with millions of swabs, masks, face shield, and sanitizers.
Cannabis has many different modes of delivery and applications for use. The most common ways that cannabis is used in our society today are: a smokeable, an edible, an oil or infused product. According to most market researchers, flower products and concentrates are the top sellers, with edibles and cosmetics also representing a solid segment... Read more »
According to the USGS, the Earth’s surface is comprised of about 71% water (1); however, only a modicum of this supply is potable. Fortunately, modern marvels of mankind are making this supply increasingly accessible through the desalination of salt water and filtration of contaminated water, to name a few. Unlike salt water, the consumption of... Read more »
The new generation of active viable microbial air samplers represent a new approach to maintaining environmental control. The TRIO and the RABS ISOLATOR instruments are made by Orum International and distributed by Hardy Diagnostics. Active impact microbial air sampling is one aspect of the regulatory guidelines related to contamination control. The principle of microbial air sampling... Read more »
Candida auris was first described in 2009 and was first reported in the United States in 2016.(1) It is a member of a growing group of yeasts that can cause candidiasis, yeast infections that are normally of little consequence, and treatable through a number of anti-fungal medications. Nosocomial candidiasis, however can easily infect ports installed... Read more »
COPAN announces a kit that pairs 3mL of UTM® universal viral transport medium and two FLOQSwabs™: one minitip and one regular flocked swab. MURRIETA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On January 30th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) held its second meeting in Geneva of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak... Read more »
For the medical community 2020 has arrived with a sinister start. In the midst of Flu season, a new and far more ominous virus has emerged, gripping the world’s attention. We are of course talking about the recent outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China with multinational reports emerging. The virus, a “cousin” of the SARS... Read more »
In January, Hardy purchased the rights to DuraRack, a new design for an exceedingly sturdy and durable Petri Plate rack. This patented, epoxy-coated, steel rack will hold up to 84 100mm Petri plates for incubator or refrigerator use. The last rack you will ever have to buy!
At the beginning of the year, Hardy gained FDA clearance for the CARBA 5 lateral flow test kit for the rapid detection of five of the carbapenemase enzymes involved in Gram negative bacterial resistance to most antibiotics (the “superbugs”).
Antibiotic resistance has been an emerging critical threat that, according to the CDC, results in more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections in the U.S each year, of which 35,000 are fatal (1). To date, most every antibiotic at our disposal has been discovered in the dirt; these compounds exist as natural products that are produced... Read more »