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70th Startup Highlights the World-Class, Basic-Research Institute’s Culture of Encouraging Entrepreneurship Among its Scientists
GRENOBLE, France – May 31, 2021 – Armed with exclusive access to 11 CEA-Leti patents covering specialties such as DNA extraction and microscopic-sample diagnostics, CEA-Leti startup Direct Analysis has developed a pathogenic-bacteria-detection system for food manufacturers that takes one-fourth of the time of existing tests, can minimize stoppage of production lines and reduce food-product recalls and losses.
“The shortcomings of current tests have serious consequences in terms of public health, with several billion incidents of food poisoning annually, and in terms of waste of many tons of food because of contamination, not to mention the financial-and-image consequences for food processors,” said Thomas Bordy, a co-founder of Direct Analysis. "Our test makes it possible to detect the presence of contamination in less than six hours with a sensitivity in line with international standards on finished products, environmental samples or swabs. This responsiveness and accuracy will ensure significant ROI and improved efficiency for food manufacturers and reduce incidences of food poisoning.”
“Maintaining a nurturing environment that encourages its scientists to look beyond their labs and into the marketplace for commercial opportunities to industrialize our new technologies is part of what makes CEA-Leti not only a world-class, basic-research institute, but also an exciting place for scientists and entreptreneurs to grow” said Emmanuel Sabonnadière, CEO of CEA-Leti.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.