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Integrated and portable image cytometer for rapid response to Legionella and Escherichia coli in industrial and environmental waters

Ziel

The proposed project will deploy for the first time a new imaging cytometer platform capable of detecting minute quantity of micro-organisms in industrial and environmental waters. The platform is based on the integration of proprietary technologies available to the consortium partners: an automatic water concentration cartridge combined with a microfluidic cell will provide an adequate sample to a newly designed fluorescence image cytometer whose readings will be recorded and processed using a proper software interface. It will be validated for quantifying Legionella and Escherichia coli (E. coli) population within 120 minutes from obtaining the sample, overcoming in this way the main disadvantage of traditional methods used in laboratories, i.e. long time-to results which can currently last up to 12 days in the case of Legionella and 1 day for E. coli. The targeted detection limit will be 10-100 cells/L and 5-20 cells/100 mL for Legionella and E.coli respectively. Also, the new imaging cytometer will have a portable form, a size similar to a smart-phone, which will increase its versatility and widen the possibilities of onsite applications. The relevance of the project is clear when one thinks about the high risk of legionellosis in some specific industrial environments, such as cooling waters, evaporative condensers and air conditioning systems and the fact that E. coli is one of the faecal pollution index commonly analyzed for monitoring the presence of waterborne pathogens and hence the quality of bathing waters. From a market perspective, more than 7 million of Legionella analyses are performed annually in Europe while E. coli level is included in all bathing water regulations in different EU countries. CYTO-WATER clearly falls into HORIZON 2020 topic WATER-1-2014/2015: Bridging the gap: from innovative water solutions to market replication and addresses Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) and in the Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC).

Aufforderung zur Vorschlagseinreichung

H2020-WATER-2014-two-stage
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Finanzierungsplan

IA - Innovation action

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LABAQUA SA
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Poligono Ind. Las Atalayas - C/dracma 16/18
03114 Alicante
Spanien
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€ 439 027,75

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MEM-TEQ VENTURES LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 132 608
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Sands Lane Breighton Hangar 8 Breighton Airfield Selby
YO8 6DS North Yorkshire
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MICROTEC GESELLSCHAFT FUR MIKROTECHNOLOGIE MBH
Deutschland
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€ 235 375
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Bismarckstrasse 142B
47057 Duisburg
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BERTIN TECHNOLOGIES SAS
Frankreich
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€ 293 562,50
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Av Ampere 10B Parc Activ Pas Du Lac
78180 Montigny Le Bretonneux
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CETAQUA, CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL AGUA, FUNDACION PRIVADA
Spanien
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€ 371 351,25
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Carretera D'esplugues 75 Local 1-2
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
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FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES
Spanien
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€ 424 700
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Avinguda Carl Friedrich Gauss 3
08860 Castelldefels
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