Applied Research

Genemis AquaVial Test Kit Bacterial Indicator Validation Study

Genemis Laboratories Inc. 

Challenge/Opportunity:

Genemis’ proprietary platform technology allows them to produce engineered nanoparticles with multiple potential applications in diagnostics and chemical and microbiological detection. The AquaVial bacteria test kit, is a visual limit test designed for use in the field to determine the presence of microbial contamination in a water sample. AquaVial detects common bacteria such as e.coli, pseudomonas aeruginosa, species of shigella, enterobacter. In addition, AquaVial can also detect fungi such as trichopyton and microsporum, known to cause Athlete’s food disease and nail infections, as well as candida albicans.

Solution/Collaboration:

The major competitive advantage of this technology is the high sensitivity and accuracy of the test, with a relatively quick response time (within minutes), which makes this technology ideal for field application as well as real time inline water monitoring and control.  This collaboration involves validating Genemis’ AquaVial technology via a ‘third party’ controlled environment. LWC researchers are utilizing Lambton College’s dedicated Water Analytical Laboratory (WAL) testing space to perform this testing and verification of these AquaVial test kits.  With this technology verification, Genemis will be able to rely on proven third party analysis that their technology is reliable and repeatable in a controlled setting.  Further, with this LWC Research support, the LWC has been tasked in providing feedback on the sample collection and sample concentration test kit, for ease of function and ease of use.  The analytical verification and inherent data provided by LWC Researchers stemming from this collaboration, has potential huge market applications for Genemis within the food / beverage, pharmaceutical, dental and water operations sectors.


Funder: NSERC - IE
Area: Water & Wastewater

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