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Each NIMA Partners capsule is packed with science, including antibodies, a test strip, and a liquid extraction formula. As the test strip develops, an electronic sensor and associated algorithm detect the test result. Reading the results electronically reduces the likelihood of misinterpreting results. The sensing algorithm is improved and updated via Bluetooth connection through the NIMA Partners mobile app. The algorithm can be updated by downloading the latest firmware updates from the app. In less than five minutes, NIMA Partners will provide results.
The NIMA Partners system has been rigorously tested in the lab, in the field and via third parties over thousands of tests. The findings have also been published in peer- reviewed journals. When compared to leading food lab ELISA tests, NIMA Partners is 97% accurate at detecting levels of 20 parts per million (ppm) and above for gluten.
NIMA Partners does ongoing testing. Every manufactured lot of NIMA Partners test capsules is tested for quality.
You use a disposable capsule to test food with the NIMA Partners sensor. The capsule contains a test strip preloaded with our antibodies. The antibodies will bind to the protein and present a signal change on the strip that is detected by NIMA Partners proprietary processing algorithm.
In order to detect the protein in food, the protein molecules need to be isolated and extracted from the rest of the food molecules. The fluid inside the capsule extraction is capable of breaking apart the bonds between the protein and other food molecules, leaving the protein itself in a liquid solution, which reacts to the strip.
As the test strip develops, an electronic sensor and associated algorithm detect the test result. Reading the result electronically eliminates the need for a trained operator to be evaluating the results and reduces the likelihood of misinterpreting results. The algorithm is improved and updated via Bluetooth connection through the NIMA Partners mobile app. The algorithm can be updated by downloading the latest firmware updates from the app.
1. The NIMA Partners gluten sensor works by releasing antibodies into the food sample.
2. These antibodies are designed to bind gluten.
3. The spectrometer then detects these antibodies (not the gluten itself) with the test strip on the back of the capsule.
Best Practices for testing
• Your sample should be no bigger than a pea sized amount.
• High fat foods should be diluted with 2-3 drops of water.
• Collect your sample from areas that are most likely to be contaminated (e.g., char marks).