M-Tech was founded in 1984 by Lee Thacker, one of the CDC’s principal scientists assigned to research the 1976 Legionella outbreak. As part of his research in detecting legionella from the 1976 outbreak, he helped develop reagents for the first DFA legionella test while describing the first four serogroups of Legionella pneumophila. He also produced the first monoclonal antibodies to Legionella.
M-Tech commercialized the first DFA conjugates used in the detection of Legionella pneumophila while also developing an “all in one” conjugate that can detect up to 14 serogroups in one conjugate. M-Tech has also created a novel “all in one” conjugate for the detection of 19 Legionella Species b-m (bozemanii-maceachernii).
M-Tech is your expert in developing conjugates and antigens specific to Legionella used in research and environmental legionella testing.
Detection of Legionnaire’s Disease Bacteria in Clinical Specimens by Direct Immunofluorescence
By William B. Cherry, Roger M. McKinney
Comparison of Slide Agglutination Test and Direct Immunofluorescence Assay for Identification of Legionella Isolates
By W. Lanier Thacker, Hazel W. Wilkinson and Robert F. Benson
Four Serogroups of Legionnaires’ Disease Bacteria Defined by Direct Immunofluorescence
By Roger M. McKinney, Ph.D.; LeRoy Thacker, B.S.; Patricia P. Harris, M.S.; Karen R. Lewallen, B.S.; et.al.
Identification of 22 Legionella Species and 33 Serogroups with the Slide Agglutination Test
By W. Lanier Thacker, Bonnie P. Plikaytis and Hazel W. Wilkinson
Legionella waltersii sp. Nov. and an Unnamed Legionella Genomospecies Isolated from Water in Australia
By. Robert F. Benson, W. Lanier Thacker, Maryam I. Daneshvar, and Don J. Brenner