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CellCount, a revolutionary technology platform to solve current problems with microbiological contamination in water and food industries.


Food- and water-borne illnesses are common and preventable public health issues. Hundreds of millions of samples are
tested each year to detect harmful bacteria in drinking and environmental water, food and beverages. Pathogens such as
Legionella, Pseudomonas, Giardia/Cryptosporidium, Salmonella, Campylobacter and E. coli (O157:H7), cause disease and
lead to enormous economic damage.
Events such as, the 2013 Legionella outbreak in Warstein, Germany, with over 185 cases of disease, or the Danish Listeria
outbreak of summer 2014, with 12 reported deaths and the shutting down of the meat producing company, painfully
demonstrated the limitations of current testing methodologies. Long testing time, and insufficient analytical quality in results
lead to unsuccessful countermeasures, spread of the disease, and waste of energy and biocides.
CellCount is a novel testing technology that delivers fully quantitative test results at an unmatched speed. CellCount
revolutionizes the pathogen detection market by combining various new technologies, already well-established in the
academic environment, and applying them to industrial applications. Due to its novel sample preparation and pathogen
detection technology, CellCount provides a quantitative pathogen detection result within one hour, compared to days to
weeks for other methods.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Brandstrasse 24
8952 Schlieren

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 21 429,00