Rushford Company Hoping to Ease CWD Testing

November 13, 2017 07:36 PM

(ABC 6 News)--Chronic Wasting Disease restrictions are in place for southeast Minnesota, but getting test results back can take a while. That’s why a company in Rushford is producing a test kit that could save a lot of time.

"We're building a tester that can be affordable, go out to the field, approximately the size of a briefcase that will give you results in an hour or less," said President of Rushford NanoBioMedical Instruments, Kevin Klungtvedt.


"Then you'll have the ability to then take the results of the test, plus the GPS of the kill site and upload it into the cloud for scientists to study," said Jeff Michelfelder, Executive President of Sales and Marketing.

Currently, to test for CWD, the DNR removes the lymph nodes of the deer being tested and then sends them off to the lab. Results can take anywhere between three days and three weeks to get back.

ABC 6 reached out to the DNR in Rochester multiple times, but have yet to hear back. However, the company says they have spoken with the DNR about the product and said they told them to get it out in the field.

The product, called Cervid, will use nano-enabled technology to test for CWD.

"It is an important thing to track and it's an important thing to know that is there," said Dr. Rochelle Arvizo, a biotechnical consultant.

Dr. Arvizo and Dr. Steven Klankowski, an electrochemist, developed a sensor paper which processes the sample to help better detect CWD.

"With that, we take a sample from maybe the lymph nodes or something else and we process that enough to place it onto our sensor. With that, we have some electronics we can look at it. It creates a signal at a specific point and we can determine if there is CWD within the sample or not,” said Dr. Klankowski.

The company is still determining whether individual hunters will use the product on their own or use it at registration stations.

"We're here to make it better for the hunter to give you that hunting experience that they really want. CWD is an important issue. Anything we can do to help the DNR and hunters is just very positive," said Klungtvedt.

Production is set to start in July of 2019 in Rushford. There will also soon be a crowdfunding page, for more information contact Kevin Klungtvedt.


Marissa Collins

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