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Start-up británica busca socios para realizar un ensayo piloto de una tecnología escalable y de bajo coste para el procesamiento de partículas y líquidos microfluídicos de alto rendimiento para bioproducción, deshidratación y preparación de muestras ambientales

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOUK20170316002
Publicado:
10/04/2017
Caducidad:
10/04/2018
Resumen:
Una start-up británica ofrece una tecnología de procesamiento de partículas y líquidos que se emplea en numerosas aplicaciones, desde procesamiento aguas abajo del contenido de biorreactores, como deshidratación de algas, hasta preparación y análisis de muestras ambientales, tratamiento de aguas, filtración de agua de lastre y monitorización de agua potable. La empresa busca socios con el fin de establecer acuerdos de investigación o cooperación técnica para realizar ensayos piloto de la tecnología. Los socios deberán tratar lotes de más de 400 litros de partículas que contienen líquidos (microorganismos, células, cieno, etc.) de 4 a 500 micras, que deben separarse entre sí.

Details

Tittle:
A UK based start-up seeks partners to run pilots of scalable, low cost technology of a high throughput microfluidic liquid-particle processing for bioproduction dewatering and environmental sample preparation
Summary:
A UK based start-up is providing liquid-particle processing technology which can be used in a range of different applications from downstream processing of bioreactor content such as algae dewatering, through environmental sample preparation and testing, portable water treatment, and ballast water filtration and drinking water monitoring. The start-up seeks for partnerships under the research cooperation agreement or the technical cooperation agreement to set up pilots of their technology.
Description:
The UK start-up producing liquid-particle processing technology is able to exploit the capabilities this field offers at previously unattainable levels and energy efficiency.

Specific operations currently achieved are selective size dependent separation and high volume fraction concentration. Resulting concentrates are comparable with continuous flow centrifugation for dewatering applications. Concentration factors over 4 orders of magnitude are achievable to extract very low concentration targets from environmental samples.
Separation efficiency nears 100% when operating with low suspended solid volume fractions, suitable for excluding microorganisms from marine ballast water intakes or for freshwater drinking water treatment operations.

The start-up is currently seeking for partnerships under a research cooperation agreement or a technical cooperation agreement to set up pilots of their technology. Their aim is to act as a competitor for three liquid processing technologies such as filtration, centrifugation and flocculation.
Advantages and Innovations:
Maintaining an unobstructed flow path allows this technology to continue operation in even high suspended solid applications, with operation up to 46% volume fraction maintaining 99.6% +/-0.3% efficiency. Recovery of targeted particles is not hampered by penetration into pores, allowing unmatched recovery from low initial concentration. Particles can be selected out by size with single digit micron precision to ensure only those of interest are extracted, simplifying any subsequent detection or processing. Energy efficiency gains are expected to be in the range of 75% compared against flow centrifugation and no consumables or pre-concentration steps are required significantly lower process costs.
Stage of Development:
Under development/lab tested
IPs:
Design Rights,Granted patent or patent application essential,Exclusive Rights,Copyright,Other

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
They look for partners with whom to set up pilots of their technology. Any partner type is welcome: industry, academy, research organization or business.
Specifically, they hope to find partners which would be dealing with batches of more than 400 litres of liquid containing particles (microorganisms, cells, silt, etc) ranging from 4 to 500 microns, which need to be separated from each other. Both liquid, as well as particles are collected therefore it does not matter which of two is the partner´s end product. The potential partner would engage in collaboration under the research cooperation agreement or the technical cooperation agreement.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
Polish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
06006012 Bioprocesos
06004 Micro y nanotecnología relacionada con las ciencias biológicas
07001010 Micro y nanotecnologías relacionadas con la agricultura
07003004 Micro y nanotecnologías relacionadas con recursos marinos
06006013 Procesamiento posterior