Geosyntec Employs the Gold Standard Detection Method
Geosyntec employs Reverse Transcriptase-Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-qPCR), the gold standard method for detecting SARS-CoV-2. Our analysis reduces the potential for false negatives by detecting unique SARS-CoV-2 genes on the viral RNA. Positive and negative controls ensure each analysis is running correctly and will yield a positive result if viral RNA is present. Geosyntec’s approach is:
- Highly sensitive - can detect just a few virus particles
- Safe to perform - the sampling process inactivates (kills) the virus to stabilize the RNA
- Reliable - clinical methodology has been adapted for environmental testing using widely accepted technology
- Sustainable - does not require critically-needed testing materials from the healthcare supply chain
Geosyntec’s approach for disinfection programs includes wipe sampling and testing to identify whether the surfaces in our client’s facilities test positive or negative for the virus. This approach is tailored to each facility and provides owners or operators with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding next steps to best manage their concerns associated with COVID-19.
- Laboratory Testing
- Our Fully Integrated Approach
- Site Support Services
Duane Graves, Ph.D.
Duane Graves is a microbiologist and subject matter expert with more than 30 years of experience solving challenging problems in biotechnology, biological contamination, forensics, remediation, and environmental microbiology and chemistry. A recognized expert in developing and deploying practical innovations for pathogenic and biological agents, he implemented the first commercial application of real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) for the onsite detection of Anthrax for the US Postal Service. He has worked with hotel management firms, public buildings, the US Air Force, NASA, insurers, a nuclear power plant, various industries, and attorneys to address microbe-related issues and support litigation.
Phil Dennis, M.A.Sc.
Phil Dennis has over 30 years of experience in research and management of molecular biology, microbiology, and environmental remediation laboratories, including molecular genetic testing services, and development of new molecular services to address emerging environmental challenges and client needs.