What We Do

  • AttoDx, Inc.  is a biotechnology company developing applications for our proprietary Molecular Viability Testing (MVT).  We partner with other companies and institutions to integrate this technology into various detection and diagnostic devices and instruments.  We are located in downtown Seattle, Washington.  To learn more about how we can work with you, click here


Existing pathogen testing in medical samples, food, water and the environment is often slow and unreliable because the most specific and sensitive techniques - based on amplification of nucleic acids - cannot distinguish between living and dead bacteria. AttoDx is developing products that overcome this limitation by isolating and identifying RNA’s found only in living cells. Rapid and reliable testing for bacterial contamination is critically important for safety in food and water, controlling infectious diseases, manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, and medical diagnostics. However, current tests cannot take full advantage of nucleic acid amplification technology because residual nucleic acids from non-viable bacteria generate “false positives”. Just as false positives can be extraordinarily expensive (shutting down a plant needlessly), false negatives can have an equally devastating impact (allowing contaminated products into the market).

MVT technology offers solutions in products used for applications where false positive test results are intolerable. For our customers, these products offer a commitment to reduce the Time, Complexity and Cost of performing these tests.

Product Applications

Bacterial testing instruments and devices

Water testing instruments and devices

Food testing instruments and devices

Medical laboratory instruments and devices

Hospital floor instruments and devices

Physician instruments and devices

Portable environmental testing devices

Scientific research testing instruments and devices

Currently, MVT technologies have been proven successful in distinguishing viable bacteria including gram negative, gram positive,anaerobic and aerobic bacteria species that are important in food safety, water quality, and patient health and safety. MVT tested organisms include Escherichia coli, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium avium,Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Aeromonus hydrophila, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and others.