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. This aerosol solution is able to
- to screen air for the presence of threat agents 24/7,
- classify the threat agents according to genus or even species,
without any off-line sample preparation. Since it is a reagentless solution, it has furthermore an extremely small logistic footprint. Target response time is less than 1 minute for a 10 ACPLA (agent-containing particles per liter of air) threat in an urban environment with a false-alarm probability less than 1% and a probability of detection better than 99%. This performance has already been achieved during a test in the aerosol test facility of the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO.
The sooner the cause of a patient’s infection can be detected, the faster that patient can be administered with the right antibiotics. This will also help in fighting the growing problem with multidrug-resistant bacteria, which is believed to be driven by the over prescription of antibiotics and the misuse of broad spectrum antibiotics. Our technology can also be used for Interventions during hospital outbreaks. By detecting presence of bacteria at an early stage, hospitals can react adequately 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.