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

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RAID (Veterinary Decision Support System by Rapid Bacterial Infection Detection (RAID))

Reporting period: 2019-04-01 to 2020-03-31

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 per measurement. Our objective is to commercialise a Veterinary Decision Support System (RAID), which is able to detect various bacterial infections within 2 hours at affordable cost in poultry (mainly Broiler chicken) farming.
In the first reporting period of the project, we developed and optimised the sample handling process for the RAID measurement method. The process was developed in a way to fulfil regulatory requirements for certifying our method as veterinary diagnostic method. We successfully extended the RAID method to several bacterial strains. We also developed further our evaluation algorithm for the identification of bacterium strains. The back-end of our software was also developed. The technical requirements and specifications for the in-vehicle RAID mobile laboratory was made and the implementation has started. We refined our business plan based including a customer development plan for commercialisation. We also diversified our possible customer portfolio. We developed and refined our communication and dissemination plan. In the first reporting period, we were active in on-line dissemination activities: the project web page (www.raidproject.eu) was prepared and updated, Social Media pages were launched (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.).
In the day to day farming practice, a veterinarian must examine ill or deceased animals and prove the bacterial infection before applying any antibiotics. By the RAID method bacterial infection can be detected during 2 hours with more than 98% overall accuracy. The key innovation of our development is the intelligent algorithm that can separate the complicated mixed spectral signal of “bacterial fingerprints” and the software based on this algorithm. Our project will impact on the European chicken farming industry and results in safer food by less and better justified usage of antibiotics in feed stuff.
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