Ângela Novais, Ana R. Freitas and Teresa G. Ribeiro, UCIBIO researchers from the BacT_Drugs lab at Faculty of Pharmacy of University of Porto, participated in the 2019 edition of the HiTech program from HiSeedTech with the project IR Bactyping - Bacterial strain typing for real-time epidemiology.
IR Bactyping offers an easy, fast and cost-effective solution for real-time monitoring of antibiotic resistant bacteria, that will help hospitals to save time and money for surveillance, infection control and patient care, without extra workload. The researchers at BacT_Drugs lab developed a strain differentiation workflow based on infrared spectroscopy and a proprietary spectral database and know-how that has already been tested in hospitals to support the identification of multidrug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae outbreaks.
The UCIBIO team explains that the next steps are to automate the whole process, and to provide a strain diagnostic tool for the six bacterial species recognized by the World Health Organization as the most critical to tackle.
Anjos Macedo, researcher from the NMR lab at FCT NOVA, together with Gabriela Almeida, UCIBIO collaborator, have also participated in the HiTech 2019 with the project Nitrogen Sensing Solutions - Water Monitoring: Healthy Fish for Human Consumption
Nitrogen Sensing Solutions offers a smart multiparametric sensor for water analysis in aquaculture that measures ammonium, nitrite and nitrate levels with high accuracy in fish-farming activities, aiming at increasing biomass production while minimizing operation costs.
This program, held at the Porto Business School from 26th of February to the 2nd of July 2019, the UCIBIO researchers acquired skills in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship, and built a well-grounded business case that was presented at the Closing Session of HiTech 2019, on July 2 at Nova School of Business and Economics.
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