Sentinel EAD®

Colony Health Monitoring

A partnership between Allentown, LLC and Charles River Laboratories - two of Laboratory Animal Science's most trusted and respected companies - lead to the next generation of rodent colony health monitoring.

  • Reduction of the use of sentinel animals
  • More accurate results
  • Allentown pioneered EAD capture system for IVC units
  • The next generation of colony health monitoring
Features and Benefits

Allentown and Charles River

This collaboration of these two industry leaders led to Sentinel EAD, an evolutionary, new colony health monitoring solution that advances the standard in health monitoring by combining exhaust air dust (EAD) plenum capture method with PCR analysis.

Fewer Sentinel Animals

Estimated at up to 1,000,000 animals annually, the rodents required for traditional dirty bedding sentinel programs can now be significantly reduced, decreasing the labor and cost necessary for their care, and bringing facilities that use the new system closer in line with the 3Rs.

More Accurate Results

Tested extensively by Charles River and Allentown, the Sentinel EAD protocol not only increases detection percentages of the most commonly tested agents, but also expands the number and variety of agents that can be tested and detected.

All Systems are NOT the Same

Sentinel EAD utilizes exhaust air dust (EAD) collection in conjunction with PCR analysis to achieve tremendous results. And as increasing numbers of industry leaders become convinced of the efficacy of EAD, the questions now become: "Are all EAD capture systems the same?" and "Does EAD capture work the same in all IVCs?" The answer to both questions is NO. EAD collection - the backbone of Sentinel EAD - works best in Allentown IVCs. Here's why: The combination of Allentown's collection media material, its placement at the top of a NexGen vertical exhaust plenum, and Allentown's industry leading airflow performance serves to maximize the efficacy of EAD and achieve results unobtainable in other IVCs and other EAD systems.

Patented Collection Media and specially-designed media holder situated at the ideal location at the top of the vertical exhaust plenum.
Patented Collection Media attracts dust particles but does not "load" like a filter.
Articles and Papers

The difference is in the details. Take a closer look.

With more than 50 years worth of experience and expertise in design, engineering and manufacturing, Allentown solutions are not only crafted to perfection, they are also meticulously documented to provide users with all of the information needed to maximize their value. Take a closer look by downloading the data sheet.

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Patent Pending, Allentown, LLC and Charles River Laboratories. Sentinel is a trademark of Allentown, LLC. EAD is a registered trademark of Charles River Laboratories, Inc.