Project funded by the European Commission (EC)

With the Horizon 2020 program, the EC funds high-potential innovation through a dedicated SME instrument, which offers seamless business innovation support under the section Societal Challenges and the specific part Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies. Provided with about € 3 billion in funding over the period 2014-2020, the SME Instrument helps high-potential SMEs to develop ground breaking innovative ideas for products, services or processes that are ready to face global market competition.

Project title: Sensor TEchnology for Food AnalYsis.

Project partners: Proxentia srl Project, ODL Srl, Enologica Vason SpA.

Project description: the aim of STEFY project is to facilitate SMEs and large companies in the food safety testing with a new portable device, particularly effective and economically convenient to regularly self-check food safety. STEFY device main innovation lies on the ability to quickly determine and simultaneously quantify the presence/absence of dozens of molecules for on-site applications. This is due to the newly developed cartridges: glass substrate with advanced anti-reflection coatings developed by ODL, combined with functionalized nanoparticles for an optimal signal amplification resulting in a competitive assay. The technology used is based on the Reflective Phantom Interface, an innovative methodology patented by Proxentia, which has been already extensively tested and compared with already existing strategies. The key competitive features of the STEFY tester are several: reduced test duration; simultaneous broad-spectrum monitoring; on-site applicability; versatility; low cost. The outcomes of the STEFY project will: a) facilitate opportune procedures for prevention and/or damage containment; b) reduce risks related to the introduction of potentially dangerous material; c) reduce the use of laboratories to only the most relevant cases; d) reduce the costs while improving quality (lower level of residuals on the product and a reduced environmental impact.

The financing by the EC of the Phase 2, will provide STEFY with key suggestions on how to upscale and customize the device to best-fit different application-fields, insights on the tools for marketing and structuring a sales force.

Role of ODL: design and coating of all the optical components: lenses, beam splitters, mirrors, filters. Design, engineering and production of the reader device.

Project expiration: April 2018