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UNIVERSITY OF ROME "TOR VERGATA" - Coordinator - Italy 

 

The Department of Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche of the University of Rome Tor Vergata has been active in chemical sensors and as well as biosensor development and construction for environmental, food and clinical analysis since 1984. The Department has 60 full, associate and assistant professors working in a variety of areas of chemical analysis. This Department is fully equipped with the instrumentation and other facilities to carry out the tasks assigned, especially in sensor construction and the assembly of microdevices, including those involving nanotechnology. http://web.uniroma2.it/home.php?newlang=italiano%20 

 


 

 

  

ITALIAN NATIONAL AGENCY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES, ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – Italy


ENEA is the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, having a permanent staff of about 3000 distributed in ten major research centers. In addition to contributing to the advancement of basic knowledge, research activities aim to provide support for public policies and decision making, and also to contribute to the development of innovative technologies featuring research in public/private partnership. In the field of the environment, ENEA UTPRA (Division for the Environmental Characterization and Remediation - Natural Risks/Vulnerability Reduction and Adverse Effects Mitigation) carries out researches aimed at the implementation of methodological and technological innovation, following a multidisciplinary approach (geology, chemistry/geochemistry, microbiology, engineering, sensoristic, modelling). In the framework of the remediation interventions, UTPRA operates both in field and laboratory for the preliminary characterization and subsequent monitoring of remediation plans, being frequently charged by authorities for the chemical/biological analyses in contaminated sites. Moreover, UTPRA people is involved in the development and standardization of innovative models for predicting the behavior of contaminants in the environment and has acknowledged expertise both in microbial bio-technologies and sensor development. Reserchers have wide experience in QA/QC programmes, training on production and use of laboratory reference materials and analyses for the certification and control of stability of reference materials. http://www.enea.it/it 

 

 



  

CATALAN INSTITUTE OF NANOTECHNOLOGY – Spain

 

Since its establishment in 2003, the ICN’s mission has been to conduct both scientific (nanoscience) and technology (nanotechnology) researches related to the physical and chemical properties of nanostructured functional materials, devices, scanning probe microscopy and synchrotron radiation spectroscopy, nanobiosensors, theory and simulation. ICN has a staff of close to 100 including over 25 PhD students. ICN is involved in strong industrial cooperation on a national and international level. ICN is a member of AENEAS and the Nanophotonics Europe Association.The Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at ICN aims to integrate nanotechnology methods, tools and materials into low cost, user friendly and efficient sensors and biosensors with application in diagnostics, food analysis, environment monitoring and other industries. ICN has a formal relationship with InstitucióCatalana de RecercaiEstudisAvançats (ICREA) and for this reason ICREA is considered a third party making resources available free of charge. http://www.icn.cat/ 

 


 


 

ACROMED INVEST AB – Sweden

 

Acromed Invest AB is an investment and accelerator company with prime focus on investing and managing start-up, research and innovation-based companies and projects with great growth potentials. Acromed provides its portfolio companies with a dynamic business development approach in which early funding is supplemented with business skills and entrepreneurial commitment.  Acromed offers resources to ensure continuous development of its portfolio companies and further facilitates their growth by providing experience, business coaching, networking, and access to customers. Focus of the company is to invest and develop projects/companies in Medtech, Biotech and Cleantech.  Through its proximity to Lund University and other research centers in the Öresund region (Medicon Valley) including the Copenhagen area and Linköping University including Norrköping campus, the company is a remarkable point for collaboration and partnerships. Furthermore, Lund is hosting the MAX IV synchrotron light source -the brightest in the world- and the European spallation source (ESS) based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. Its different facilities will become available during 2019-2025. http://www.acromed.se/

Nano-ZnO-sensors

Based on an extensive research collaboration between Linköping University and Bengt Danielsson at Lund Univerity, and now at Acromed Invest AB, nano-sensors based on zinc oxide crystals in the form of nano-rods have turned out to be an interesting commercial field for Acromed Invest AB. They are suitable for mass fabrication and multi-sensing and we intend to use them as sensors for studies of the chemistry in the oral cavity and dental health.  All normal and abnormal conditions in the oral cavity are reflected in the composition of biofilms on surfaces and mucosa. Also the level of chemical components in the blood stream, e.g. glucose, will be in equilibrium with the concentration found in the oral cavity.

Pre-, Pro-, Syn-biotics

The starting point of this project was a previous EU project about studies of symbiotic preparations via combining strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium with galacto-oligosaccharides to abate the pathogenic bacterium Clostridium difficile. Probiotics are well established on the food market, but their direct health effect is questioned today since few of the bacteria will survive the passage through the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore addition of prebiotics is important. It is the combination of prebiotics (different oligosaccharides) and probiotics that is called synbiotics and hopefully have superior health effects in both humans and animals. Our business concept is to design symbiotic preparations with optimized composition of the mix of pro- and prebiotics for food and feed industry, especially for companies lacking own expertise and facilities for such developments. There are ample opportunities to patent products in this area.

 

 


 


 

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY - Slovenia

 

MBS established in 1969 in Piran is affiliated to the NIB, Ljubljana. The main research activities of the MBS are focused on characteristics and problems of coastal waters especially on coastal dynamics and modeling, plankton ecology, biodiversity, biogeochemical processes and the impacts of pollution. MBS is national focal point for MED POL activities (Barcelona Convention) and is responsible for National Marine Monitoring Program including assessment of the state of marine environment, marine biodiversity monitoring and conservation of coastal areas. MBS is NODC (National Oceanographic Data Centre) and data provider for Transitional, Coastal and Marine Waters within EIONET. The MBS staff has been involved in over 50 projects in last 10 years covering a wide range of disciplines such as: modeling of tidal dynamics and circulation, marine biodiversity, gelatinous plankton, eutrophication and HABs, molecular biology, cycling of organic matter, aquaculture impacts. 

NIB-MBS has a wide array of facilities available (field and lab measuring equipment) including fluid dynamics laboratory with rotating table, wet laboratory with running seawater, cold rooms and growth
chambers, analytical, microbiological and molecular biology laboratories. Research boat (12 m, Dountless with Caterpillar jet motors) is equipped with ADCP, CTD/PAR/fluorescence probe, a variety of water column and bottom sampling gear and underwater video and photographic equipment. NIB-MBS operates Coastal oceanographic buoy (deployed in the Gulf of Trieste) equipped with meteo - and oceanographic instruments that is a part of coastal oceanographic station. This station comprises besides the instrumented oceanic buoy a data reception station located at the Marine Biology Station in Piran. The buoy continuously records oceanographic data at a site thought to be typical of the southern half of the Gulf of Trieste. This data is complemented by observations taken from the research vessel. Data from the buoy can record rapid changes in oceanographic and environmental parameters, for example such as might arise from southerly excursions of water masses riginating in the Northern Adriatic. Complimentary measurements taken from the research vessel allows the spatial extent of such events to be estimated. The collected data are publicly accessible. NIB-MBS is placed at the sea-side and offers excellent laboratory working conditions (a few years old), among which there is a chemical lab for standard chemical analyses, and a lab of fluid  ynamics with several transparent tanks of volume up to 1 m3 with an intake of sea-water from the nearest sea. http://www.nib.si/ 

 


 


 

UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY - Greece

 

University of Thessaly (UTH) was founded in 1984 and currently comprises 15 departments that are organised in 5 schools. The Department of Computer Engineering and Communications belongs to School of Engineering of UTH and its facilities are located in Volos. The Networks and Telecommunications lab of the Computer and Communications Engineering Department focuses its activities in the areas of wireless networks, mobile communications, security of telecommunications and applications and services for smart cities. Several national and EU projects are undertaken by the  lab including FP7 ICT and SEC projects N-CRAVE, OPNEX, WIP, STAMINA, STARTRANS. Previous related projects are the FP7 ONELAB2 project, where a remotely accessible wireless test-bed (NITOS) was developed and was integrated with PlanetLab, and FIRESENSE where an automatic early warning system was developed to remotely monitor areas of archaeological and cultural interest, protecting from the risk of fire and extreme weather conditions. FIRESENSE takes advantage of recent advances in multi-sensor surveillance technologies. The signals collected from the sensors are transmitted to a monitoring center for analysis. Automatic warning signals are generated for local authorities whenever a dangerous situation arises. In addition, the networking and telecommunications group is currently involved in FP7 ForLab project that aims to establish a dynamic, real-time self-adaptable feedback loop between an explosion scene and a command center. http://www.uth.gr/en/ 

 


 


 

SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY ADVANCE SPA - Italy

 

SYSTEA S.p.A. is a SME company which designs, develops, manufactures and sales worldwide analytical instruments for laboratory, field on-line applications, particularly concerning the automatic analysis of chemical pollutants in any type of water. For in-situ, portable, on-line and laboratory sea water measurements of nutrients and other chemical compounds, the company is applying from the beginning of its activity a patented technologies named LFA (Loop Flow Analysis) and μLFR (micro Loop Flow Reactor). Most of its technicians have a long experience on standard chemical methods and their use for automatic analysis. SYSTEA has participated as partner in European funded RTD SEWING (IST-2000-28084, http://www.sewing.mixdes.org ) and EXOCET/D projects (contract n.505342, http://www.ifremer.fr/exocetd) and as coordinator of WARMER FP6 research project (http://www.projectwarmer.eu). http://www.systea.it/ 

 


 


 

UNIVERSITY HASSAN II MOHAMMEDIA CASABLANCA - Morocco

 

University Hassan II– Mohammedia was created in 1992 in order to satisfy the region’s needs in terms of higher education and scientific research. This university holds an outstanding position amongst Moroccan universities given its particular geographical position: it is located between the administrative capital of the kingdom (Rabat) and the economic capital (Casablanca). The Department of Chemical Engineering and Environment of the University Hassan II-Mohammedia has 16 full, associate and assistant professors working in the areas of environmental analysis and water engineering. Aziz AMINE served as Head of this Department during the period 1999-2003. At present he is Director of the research laboratory “Chemical Analysis and Biosensors”. This laboratory was classified as the best one in the University Hassan II-Mohammedia in terms of research projects and scientific production during the period 2000-2005. The laboratory is equipped with all the necessary basic instruments for conducting electroanalytical experiments. http://www.univh2m.ac.ma/ 

 


 

 

MICROBIA ENVIRONNEMENT SAS - France

 

MICROBIA ENVIRONMENT is a new spin-off and innovative company located in the Eastern Pyrenees founded in April 2013 by two researchers specialists in molecular biology and biotechnology, Delphine Guillebault and Carmem Lara Manes. This company of the Languedoc Roussillon region is intended to provide expertise in the field of environmental microbiology for various public and private economic actors in the water quality field, particularly in the domain of the biological microbial indicators in natural or industrial environments. MICROBIA ENVIRONMENT is fully supported by the European Business & Innovation Centre of Rivesaltes 66 in the south of France (http://www.pleinsudentreprises.fr/fiches-entreprises/microbia.html) through a commitment that was signed in 2011 between this departmental agency (CEEI Plein Sud Entreprise) and Dr. Delphine Guillebault, president of the company, and Dr. Carmem Manes, her associate. This commitment guarantees all the financial and human resources provided by CEEI Plein Sud Entreprise for the success of the company. MICROBIA ENVIRONMENT has expertise in the field of biosensors and microarrays and aims to develop new biosensors and microarrays targeting microorganisms with a significant economic impact. The company is already responsible for the distribution of the MIDTAL kit (microarrays for the detection of marine toxic algae) that provides rapid species identification of toxic algae in seawater environments. This kit is the result of the MIDTAL EU project coordinated by Prof. L. K. Medlin who is now a consultant for the company. MICROBIA ENVIRONMENT also offers services including a comprehensive study of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbial diversity to highlight the health of a specific environment (natural or industrial) targeting any water body as an ecological indicator of an ecosystem. MICROBIA ENVIRONMENT is currently hosted by the University of Pierre and Marie Curie at the Observatoire océanologique de Banyuls-sur-mer which is a research and training center in marine biology and oceanography that will give full access to all their facilities through the BIO2MAR platform.  www.microbiaenvironnement.com

 


 


 

ALIENOREU SPRL - Belgium

 

Working in full collaboration with the European institutions, Aliénor monitors EU developments regarding environmental and agricultural policies and provides legal and political advice to policymakers and stakeholders. Aliénor promotes and disseminates the results of projects and uses its relations with policy makers to find support to the project. Aliénor enables its clients to enhance their presence and visibility at the European level, to improve their knowledge and expertise on EU policies and processes and to build a solid dialogue with key players. http://www.alienoreu.com/