“LOVEFOOD” FP7-Project, in which NCSR “Demokritos” is a partner, was included in EU’s Edition “Achievements of FP7: Examples that Make us Proud”
The LOVEFOOD project, coordinated by FORTH (Prof. E. Gizeli, Dept. of Biology, Univ. Crete, and IMBB-FORTH) and realized in collaboration with NCSR “Demokritos” (Institute of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology) and five more European partners, was selected by the Informal Council of European Research and Innovation Ministers (held in Amsterdam on 29/1/2016) and presented in a printed Edition entitled “Achievements of FP7: Examples that make us proud”. The EU projects included in this Edition demonstrate the added value of research and innovation for the economy at European, national, and regional level.
The project in which, in addition to FORTH and NCSR “Demokritos” from Greece, five other European partners (Institute Pasteur, Curie Institute, and SENSeOR, from France, Jobst Technologies from Germany, and Univ. of Pardubice from Czech Republic) collaborate combines novel results from the bio-nanotechnology and microfluidics fields with state-of-the-art methods of DNA detection. It targets foodborne bacteria (Salmonella) detection in dairy products, but it is envisioned to find applications in other fields such as clinical diagnostics and environmental monitoring.
The role of NCSR “Demokritos” in the project was the design, fabrication (using state-of-the-art micro/nano engineering), and validation of several microfluidics modules, accommodating bacteria capture and lysis, DNA purification and amplification, all gathered on a credit-card size Lab-on-Chip platform (figure below). As a result of this work, two patent applications were filed, and several articles were published in high impact international journals.