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January 18, 2018
When Ideas Generated at the UAB make cows happy
The Ideas Generation Program carried out by PRUAB, the UAB university research park, is sponsored by the Barcelona Synchrotron Park (BSP). It is based on the collection of local companies’ technological challenges that are submitted to the UAB scientific community in order to try to find solutions through an ideas competition organized every autumn.
 
Every year, challenges come from a given sector. Last year, for instance, the 6th program tackled the biotechnology and biomedicine sectors (https://generacioidees.com/sisena-edicio/, in Catalan).
 
In that case, RES-KIT is one of the three awarded projects honoured by BSP director Pere Solà (see picture). Last week, Spanish newspaper El Mundo devoted to it a long article in the INnovadores section of its business pages.
 
RES-KIT is the first pen-site kit designed for detecting antimicrobial resistance genes that will allow an individual and rapid dairy cows treatment of mastitis (this infection of the mammary glands causes changes in the biochemical composition of milk and in the glands’ tissues). The kit is based on a microfluidics platform that allows lab-level tests at the very moment of milking with only one chip.
 
RES-KIT team led by Antoni Baldi from the Barcelona Institute of Microelectronics, UAB campus, is currently concluding proofs of concept before to go in search of funding.
 
Good luck!
 

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