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Veterinary Decision Support System by Rapid Bacterial Infection Detection (RAID)

Project description

Faster diagnostic testing for chickens

Based on EU rules, antibiotics can only be administered to animals for treatment purposes following diagnosis of disease by a veterinarian. However, proof of bacterial infection is carried out by culturing method, which can take up to 72 hours and costs from EUR 10-50. Focusing on poultry farming, the EU-funded RAID project is advancing a cost-effective veterinary decision support system for the rapid detection of bacterial infections using a spectrometry-based method. Specifically, it can detect bacterial infection within 2 hours at an affordable cost. It uses phospholipids as ‘bacterial fingerprints’, which are detected by regular mass spectroscopic (MS) measurement. The key innovation is the intelligent algorithm that can separate the complicated mixed MS signals.

Objective

Development of multidrug-resistant bacteria represent an increasing threat for human and animal health. These bacteria strains are developing mainly due to the unjustified use of antibiotics both for humans and animals. That is why, from 2013 in the European Union, antibiotics can only be added to animals for treatment (not preventive!) purposes, after unambiguous diagnosis of the disease by a veterinarian. This process is beneficial for supressing antibiotic use, but results in high costs and time loss for farmers. The incontrovertible proof of bacterial infection is carried out by culturing method, which takes 24 to 72 hours and costs between 10-50 euros. Our innovation, RAID is Veterinary Decision Support System (RAID), does not require culturing and thus can detect bacterial infection within maximum 2 hours at affordable cost. We have successfully demonstrated our method with an independent veterinary examination under real conditions (TRL=7), developed a stepwise market introduction strategy: first, intensive poultry farming is targeted, as the bacterial infection is the most serious problem in this segment. Potential buyers have been identified, several of them expressed their interest to the project. We submitted a patent application about RAID method. In this phase 2 project, we aim to carry out all essential steps for market introduction: increasing the number of detectable bacteria to at least 50, increasing the reliability to at least 98%, improving and automating sample processing method, establishing a mobile RAID laboratory for satisfying the need of small farmers and veterinarians, who cannot invest to buy large devices and using it for demonstration purposes, validating and certifying our method. We aim to refine our business plan and to obtain tangible commercial results at the end of the project, i.e. signed service contracts and purchase orders. The success of the project will promote the growth of the companies involved.

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-2

Coordinator

EL-CO TECH ELEKTROMOS KOMMUNIKACIOS TECHNOLOGIAK KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Net EU contribution
€ 1 192 187,50
Address
Repuloteri ut 11
2100 Godollo
Hungary

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Region
Közép-Magyarország Pest Pest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Other funding
€ 510 937,50

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