Innovative super-fast microbe detection unit gets to market

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Coventry-based Cytecom saved time and money getting their microbe detection unit to market by accessing testing equipment and expertise at WMG, to enable CE certification.


Cytecom develop and manufacture units for the detection of microbes and the study of the electrophysiology of the single-celled organism. A spin-out of the University of Warwick School of Life Sciences, Cytecom’s customer base includes medical laboratories and water treatment firms. The CyteCount is a portable detection system, permitting rapid microbial detection. The main innovation involves combining fluorescent time-lapse microscopy with a bespoke detection device and mathematical model. The detection system was at the pre-production stage and needed CE certification to be sold in the EU before it could go to market.

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