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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.

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)

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STEMMER IMAGING LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 180 989,34

IMAGE SOLUTIONS (UK) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 174 967,34

BUNTING MAGNETICS EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom

AUTOMATITZACIO DE PROCESSOS I MEDIAMBIENT SL

Spain

MEMMERT GMBH + CO.KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 185 587,34

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 5 120

THE TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTRE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 4 776

ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS CATALONIA, SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 6 694,81

INNGENIA AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 170 713,76

GOUDSMIT MAGNETIC SYSTEMS B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 173 775,02

ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS HUNGARY KFT

Hungary

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 605467

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2014

  • End date

    31 January 2016

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 501 056,16

  • EU contribution

    € 1 154 654,95

Coordinated by:

CELLPATH LIMITED

United Kingdom