The platform developed by BiosparQ opens a new and wide variety of applications to improve food and patient safety by continuous delivery of data about the presence of bacteria. The big breakthrough is that BiosparQ is able to identify the bacterial genus on the basis of typically 10-100 individual bacterial cells. BiosparQ’s new technology is fast, simple and cost effective. There is no time-consuming cultivation process and no need for use of an expensive laboratory infrastructure and highly trained personnel.
“Because our technology does not need any laboratory infrastructure, it can be applied anywhere in a big variety of applications”. - Gerold Valk, CEO BiosparQ
The system uses a ‘fingerprint’ database to identify bacteria. With every measurement, the database is filled with new, actual information about the development of bacteria that potentially cause infectious diseases. End users can profit from other users and can react more adequately on mutated bacterial strains.
The sooner the cause of a patient’s infection can be detected, the sooner that patient can be administered with the right antibiotics, resulting in faster recovery and significant cost savings Additionally, this will help in fighting the growing problem of multidrug-resistant bacteria, which is believed to be driven by the over prescription of antibiotics and the misuse of broad spectrum antibiotics.
Because no laboratory is needed, bacterial profiling can take place close to the patient (Point-of-Care) instead of relying on offsite clinical laboratories.
Due to the very short time to result, our technology is very well suited for MRSA screening or for managing hospital outbreaks. By detecting presence of bacteria at an early stage, hospitals can react adequately and in a timely manner, without unnecessary closure of wards for days, causing severe reputation damage and loss of income.
Food production applications
As a result of higher global demand there is increasing pressure on food production yields. At the same time high quality standards have to be met. Late discovery of contamination can cause major (economic) damage.
Also in case of food contamination, detection will be quicker and more adequate. The platform can be used for in-line monitoring and control of industrial biotech processes. This allows analysis of products at any stage of production. Present solutions only allow for time-consuming end-product evaluation, which may cause severe economic damages as witnessed by the recent case of milk powder contamination in New Zealand.
Present solutions only allow for time-consuming end-product evaluation, which may cause severe economic damages as witnessed by the recent case of milk powder contamination in New Zealand.
State of the art early warning systems for bio-attacks have high false alarm rates and consequently are of limited use in the field. Informed decisions cannot be made without the proper bacterial information.
To protect military and civil critical infrastructure against bio-attacks, BiosparQ is developing a fieldable aerosol solution in co-operation with Thales.