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COVID-19 BEAMitup will develop a diagnostic tool to improve on-site testing capacities of surfaces for the food industries to detect contamination or absence thereof, contributing to the security and resilience of the European agrifood system.

As part of the EIT’s Crisis Response Initiative, this activity directly contributes to the European Union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project will build a diagnostic platform that:

  • Meets specific requirements of the food industry (low cost and low limit of detection);
  • Is not subject to shortages due to clinical testing demand;
  • Can improve the on-site testing capacity of food industries;
  • Provides resilience to new pandemics and increase microbial contamination monitoring.

Next to diagnostics, they will also develop a surrogate of SARS-CoV-2 to validate sanitisation procedures and allow challenge-tests. The combination of these deliverables will allow the European agrifood system to be more secure and prevent disruption due to microbial contaminations.


CSIC University of Helsinki Microbion SwissDeCode Eurofins

Project Team

Claudia Pozas Activity Leader


The following partners are involved in the project

University of Helsinki

Project Lead

Claudia Pozas


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