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Tecnologías genéticas para bioevaluación y biomonitorización multiuso: pruebas de ADN ambiental


Oferta Tecnológica
Una pyme suiza ha desarrollado pruebas de ADN ambiental rápidas y precisas para bioevaluación/monitorización ambiental. La tecnología mínimamente invasiva se basa en algoritmos de secuenciación de la próxima generación para extracción de datos. La tecnología analiza el ADN/ARN que procede de forma natural de especies residentes de un ecosistema. Los datos genómicos obtenidos se procesan para evaluar el estado ecológico del ambiente. La empresa monitoriza los cambios ambientales en tiempo real detectando solo organismos metabólicamente activos (ARN ambiental) y cambios a largo plazo analizando en ADN presente en el ambiente (eADN). La empresa busca compañías y agencias para establecer acuerdos de cooperación técnica, investigación o servicio e implementar las pruebas.


Genetic technologies for multi-purpose environmental bioassessment and biomonitoring: environmental DNA tests
A Swiss SME developed fast, accurate environmental DNA tests for environmental bioassessment/-monitoring. The minimally invasive technology is based on next-generation sequencing and proprietary algorithms for data mining. DNA/RNA derived naturally from resident species of an ecosystem are analyzed, the resulting genomic data is processed to assess the ecological status of the environment. Technical, research or services agreements with companies, agencies are sought to implement tests.
Natural resources are essential to economic growth within many productive sectors, but long term competitiveness can only be achieved through their rational and responsible use. To ensure that the biodiversity and delicate equilibrium of natural ecosystems is preserved, all productive activities should comply with national regulations.

The Swiss company developed new environmental DNA (eDNA) tests to satisfy environmental requirements in all productive sectors and hence secure long-term business competitiveness through the responsible management and use of natural resources.

The SME applies latest next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies to detect a large range of indicator species and use proprietary algorithms to provide complete biodiversity inventories in all types of environmental samples (water, sediment, soil). The company can monitor real-time environmental changes by detecting only metabolically active organisms (environmental RNA), and longer term changes by analyzing DNA present in the environment (eDNA).

The broad range of tests comprises:
· identification of resident species in aquatic ecosystems
· analysis of benthic community composition
· detection of rare, invasive or pathogenic species

Typical applications of the services include:
· evaluating the quality of aquatic ecosystems
· assessing regulatory compliance for eco-labeling
· monitoring the spatial and temporal impact(s) of industrial activities
· assessing the biological ´health´ of seabed habitats
· deep-sea biodiversity studies
· analyzing ballast water

Future applications the company foresees include:
· tracing the authenticity and origins of trade goods
· identifying bio-indicators of climate change

The Swiss company seeks partners like environmental protection agencies, environmental consulting companies, research institutes, aquaculture companies and any industrial partner that needs biodiversity surveys or environmental impact assessments in fresh water and marine ecosystems for research, technical and services agreement.
Advantages and Innovations:
The environmental impact of human activities is regularly assessed by private and public biomonitoring agencies, but the current approaches cannot satisfy likely future demands. These approaches, which are based on the morphological identification of selected species (bioindicators), are time consuming and require expertise that is rarely available. Moreover, they are prone to various biases related to morphological variations within species and are generally limited to larger, morphologically distinctive organisms, ignoring potential small-sized bioindicators.

The new molecular technology will overcome these limitations by offering:
· rapid sample processing, allowing much greater sample coverage and replication
· increased accuracy of diversity assessment by standardizing species identification
· a much greater range of bioindicator species including those that are inconspicuous, hard to identify and therefore routinely overlooked
· simultaneous monitoring of all types of environmental impacts

The assets that make the services unique are:
· versatility in addressing present and future challenges
· flexibility in meeting customer requirements
· cost-effective solutions for the simultaneous analysis of several environmental impacts
· confidentiality in data treatment
· qualified customer support team, committed to assist customers from design to results
· solid scientific and technical expertise in molecular technologies
Stage of Development:
Already on the market

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The specific area of activity of the partner:
The target audience includes, but is not limited to, environmental protection agencies, environmental consulting companies, research institutes, aquaculture companies and any industrial partner that needs biodiversity surveys or environmental impact assessments in fresh water/marine ecosystems e.g. off-shore drilling and deep-sea mining companies.

The tasks to be performed by the partner sought:
The potential partner shall have expertise in environmental surveys in marine/fresh water ecosystems and shall be able to identify technical and regulatory barriers so that eDNA tests can be integrated into routine monitoring.

Services agreements:
The Swiss company is seeking partners for service agreement or subcontracting of environmental impact assessment projects.

Technical agreement: The Swiss company seeks partnership with laboratories or companies that have experience in developing and commercializing automated solutions and tests in life sciences and molecular diagnostics to propose specific tests for water quality and for invasive/rare species detection.

Research agreement: The Swiss company seeks partnership with universities or R-Y-D institutions which have complementary research capacities in applying next-generation sequencing (NGS) and artificial intelligence (AI) to establish molecular bio-indices.


Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
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Technology Keywords:
07003001 Acuacultura
06003001 Bioinformática
10002006 Ecología
10002008 Medición y detección de la contaminación
06002008 Microbiología