Next stop: Grenoble for BioliSME II project partners

Partners constituting BioliSME II project Consortium will meet next week in Grenoble, France, to review the progress of the project and advance in its development.

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BioliSME II project “Demonstration, validation and preliminary promotion of a commercial prototype speedy system for sampling and detecting Listeria monocytogenes”, aims to promote and introduce in the market a new technology which will enable sampling food-contact surfaces and detecting Listeria monocytogenes under 3 hours. This way, BioliSME II endeavours to provide food industries with an innovative tool for controlling this pathogen, contributing to the improvement of food safety.

The device developed is based on a surface sampling unit  that enables highly efficient recovery of microorganisms from surfaces by injecting pressurized air and water. Samples are automatically processed and combined with L. monocytogenes-specific antibodies, isolating and concentrating Listeria cells for the subsequent measure of contamination levels on the surfaces.

An operative prototype has now been built which will be used for demonstration and validation activities. This will be followed by two further demonstrators which will help disseminate the technology resulting from this project.

The project Consortium is formed by the following members:


Betelgeux, S.L. (Spain)
Ainia Centro Tecnológico (Spain)
40-30 (France)
Photek Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Dublin City University (Ireland)
University of Southampton (United Kingdom)


The Project Consortium will meet on 30th and 31st January in Grenoble, France, hosted by 40-30. During this meeting, the partners will evaluate the progress of the project and will plan further activities for developing this innovative technology and enable its application by food industries across Europe.

BioliSME II (FP7-SME-2011-286713) is a 2 years project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission.