Spectacular Labs Unveils Future of Food Safety Testing

Company to showcase plans for fast, accurate, and automated pathogen testing platform for the first time at the International Association for Food Protection 2023 Annual Meeting

RICHMOND, Calif. — July 12, 2023 — Spectacular Labs Inc., an innovator of next-generation rapid pathogen testing, today announced that it will be showcasing its groundbreaking technology for the first time at the upcoming International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) 2023 Annual Meeting. Attendees will be able to learn more about the company’s development plans for a new, fully automated platform from enrichment to reporting that only requires one minute of operator hands-on time. Food and beverage companies will be able to detect pathogens on-site easily, and testing laboratories will be able to scale operations cost-effectively.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people get sick each year from a foodborne illness. Spectacular Labs was founded in 2020 by scientists out of the University of California, Berkeley, to create an innovative pathogen detection platform that reduces inefficiencies and modernizes current testing workflows. Early-stage investors include Astanor Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures, Morado Ventures, and Xplorer Capital. Spectacular Labs was the first company to fully automate the foodborne pathogen testing workflow from enrichment to reporting. With a full commercial launch expected in early 2024, the platform will be used to detect pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella, Listeria, Escherichia coli, and Campylobacter

“Spectacular Labs is poised to modernize the traditional food safety testing process with a complete pathogen detection platform that accelerates turnaround times, automates workflows, and eliminates costly supply chain bottlenecks,” said George Powlick, Partner at Astanor Ventures. “We are thrilled to partner with Spectacular Labs’ talented team of entrepreneurs to help expand early access collaborations and prepare for a full commercial launch early next year.”

“We are looking forward to unveiling our pathogen detection technology and sharing our vision for the future of food safety testing for the first time at the IAFP 2023 Annual Meeting,” said Michael Fang, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder of Spectacular Labs. “We have developed a truly disruptive approach that sets a new standard in accuracy, speed, and affordability for farmers, producers, manufacturers, buyers, and testing labs. Together, we will be able to alleviate critical supply chain bottlenecks, prevent potential outbreaks, and shorten time to market.”

IAFP 2023 attendees interested in more information on Spectacular Labs’ pathogen testing technology can visit booth #150. The company will be providing demonstrations and is open to discussing potential early-access collaborations throughout the conference. Please email if you are interested in a private briefing.

About Spectacular Labs

Spectacular Labs is on a mission to transform the future of food safety testing by significantly improving the accuracy, speed, and affordability of pathogen detection. Founded in 2020 by scientists out of the University of California, Berkeley, Spectacular Labs offers a full menu of testing services through its ISO 17025 accredited laboratory and is developing a fully automated, end-to-end, push-button testing platform that will allow customers to detect pathogens with only one minute of operator hands-on time. For more information, please visit

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