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Retrofitable Automated Microtome System incorporating contactless sample transportation for Histology process

Objective

Histology is the microscopic examination of cell tissue samples and is routinely performed in research labs and, more widely, in hospitals for the early detection of diseases (histopathology). Histology is a complex process requiring several steps for the tissue sample preparation. The most demanding and time-consuming step is the microtomy, where the tissue sample, now dehydrated and placed inside a piece of paraffin wax, is cut into slices 4-micrometre thick. This step is further complicated by the fact that the thin slices become wrinkled with the cutting and are normally put on warm water in order to smooth out (the with the aggravated problems of rehydrating the cells and increasing the risk of cross-contamination). Microtomy is a labour-intensive procedure carried out by highly-skilled clinical/scientific staff. A skilled operator can perform up to 80 samples a day, but will cost well over €100,000 p.a. The MicroLean project proposes a low-cost automation of the microtomy process by a contactless manipulation of the samples. The MicroLean system will be retrofittable to existing microtomes.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

CELLPATH LIMITED
Address
Dukes Court 32 Duke Street
SY16 4LE Newtown
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 252 031,34
Administrative Contact
Paul Webber (Mr.)

Participants (11)

STEMMER IMAGING LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 180 989,34
Address
The Old Barn Grange Court
GU10 1DW Tongham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chris Pitt (Mr.)
IMAGE SOLUTIONS (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 174 967,34
Address
2 Cable Court - Pittman Way
PR2 9YW Preston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ian Corless (Mr.)
BUNTING MAGNETICS EUROPE LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Northbridge Road
HP4 1EH Berkhamsted Hertfordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alan Ratherham (Mr.)
AUTOMATITZACIO DE PROCESSOS I MEDIAMBIENT SL

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Carrer Andorra Nave 2 22
08830 Sant Boi De Llobregat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Noemi Mondejar Lopez (Mrs)
MEMMERT GMBH + CO.KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 185 587,34
Address
Aeussere Rittersbacher Strasse 38
91126 Schwabach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angelika Henneberg (Mrs)
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 5 120
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Keith Sexton (Dr.)
THE TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTRE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 4 776
Address
Main Street The Old Electrical
NG32 3LT Welby Grantham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurence Dingle (Mr.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 6 694,81
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alicja Grzegorzek (Ms.)
INNGENIA AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 170 713,76
Address
Cervello 10 6-2
08760 Martorell
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gumersindo Martí (Mr.)
GOUDSMIT MAGNETIC SYSTEMS B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 173 775,02
Address
Petunialaan 19
5580AA Waalre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
René Vastert (Mr.)
ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS HUNGARY KFT
Hungary
Address
Tetenyi Ut 93
1119 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dóra Molnár (Ms.)