The 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