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Seal of Excellence rqmicroThe European Commission selected rqmicro among 1,200 competitors and will support the company with EUR 2,2m under the SME instrument (Project ID: 823552; EU CORDIS). This financial backing will accelerate the development and market launch of a revolutionary solution for the rapid detection of pathogenic microorganisms. rqmicro’s team is excited about this honor and will put every effort into meeting its goals.


CellCount is a revolutionary technology platform to solve current problems with microbiological contamination in water and food industries. It combines immunomagnetic separation (IMS), flow cytometry (FCM) and microfluidics, and will provide a revolutionary approach to microbiological testing for real-time results.

During IMS a magnetic field is activated, diverting the target cells, which are bound to magnetic particles via specific antibodies. At the same time, > 95% of the competing flora present in the sample is directed to the waste fraction. With its flow cytometric system, the CellCount subsequently determines cell concentration and viability while providing a graphical representation of the results.

About the project

The project duration is 24 months from September 2018 to August 2020 and its objectives are:

  • Optimize instrument and Legionella kit
  • Industrialize CellCount instrument
  • Get CellCount and kit ready for sales
  • Accelerate market roll-out

Main benefits for customers

CellCount is a benchtop automated one-step-operation instrument, delivering fully quantitative results at an unmatched speed that allows on-site mobile analyses, speeding up results and counter-measures. The test eliminates the need for costly and lengthy lab procedures, improving time-to-result.

Speed: quick results thanks to high-performance fluidics and possibility to handle 4 samples in parallel

Consistency: no operator bias and contamination-free processing

Flexibility: cell integrity fully maintained, so samples are ready to use for further analysis

Ease of use: intuitive user interface with one button operations and seamless integration into any workflow

Low maintenance: no cleaning cycles as sheath fluid free, no startup / shutdown and self-calibrating optics

Software: touchscreen, multi-language support, apps for updates, alarms and control