The collaboration aims to introduce immediate, lab-quality accessible water testing to drinking, recreational, and agricultural water supplies throughout the United States by combining Hach's expertise with LightDeck's groundbreaking solution.
FREMONT, CA: Hach, a global leader in water quality analysis, has declared its partnership with LightDeck Diagnostics to bring LightDeck's proprietary "Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB)" tests to market. Hach will sell the LightDeck MC+CYN Panel as part of the commercial agreement, which identifies two of the most common toxins produced by Harmful Algal Blooms: microcystins (MC) and cylindrospermopsins (CY) (CYN). The collaboration aims to introduce immediate, lab-quality accessible water testing to drinking, recreational, and agricultural water supplies throughout the United States by combining Hach's expertise with LightDeck's groundbreaking solution.
Because of a warming environment and fertilizer run-off into freshwater systems, harmful algal blooms have become more frequent and severe in recent decades. HABs and microcystins have recently caused drinking and recreational water emergencies in Oregon, Florida, the Great Lakes Region, and upstate New York. Since toxin profiles shift as blooms disperse, there is a strong need for rapid tests that provide real-time, local results. Current water tests necessitate transporting samples back to a lab, which can take hours, if not days, to produce results.
"Technicians can use the LightDeck MINI Algal Toxins Testing System to definitely know whether their water source has been contaminated by a Harmful Algal Bloom," stated Chris Myatt, CEO of LightDeck. "The device is one-of-a-kind on the market and our partnership with Hach will ensure that we can offer this solution to communities and organizations far and wide."