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Device determining somatic cell counts in milk - universal instrument for measuring the viscosity of liquids

Country of Origin: Slovakia
Reference Number: TOSK20170310001
Publication Date: 10 March 2017

Summary

A significant Slovak research institute engaged in veterinary research has developed an innovative instrument determining somatic cell counts in milk on the basis of altered viscosity of milk. The proposed device is highly versatile and is not only applicable in veterinary medicine but can also be used for measuring the viscosity of other liquids in various fields of application. The institute is looking for partners interested in licensing agreement or financial agreement.

Description

This innovative analytical device was developed to determine the somatic cell counts in milk in order to detect mastitis (inflammation of the mammary glands). Indicator of this inflammatory process is the increased number of somatic cells in milk, which is used to infer the severity of the mammary gland disease. The device detects the number of somatic cells in milk on the basis of measuring the altered viscosity of milk. Precise amount of freshly collected milk (100 ml) is treated with the same amount of reagent and mixed gently. The viscosity of the mixture of milk and reagent increases depending on the number of somatic cells in milk.

The measurement of the viscosity is based on a simple process, in which the mixture of milk and reagent is poured into a funnel placed on the top of the device. The mixture subsequently flows into a glass tube through which within 20 seconds a stainless ball (of precise diameter) starts to drop towards the bottom. First sensor placed on the upper end of the tube detects the crossing of the ball and the device starts timing. After passing the second sensor at the lower end of the tube, the timing is stopped. Microprocessor converts measured time into somatic cell count and displays the value on the display. The measured value can be stored in the memory of the device under the number on the sample and then saved to the PC where the measurement results are numerically and graphically evaluated. The proposed device is, however, considerably more versatile and can be also used for measuring the viscosity of various other liquids for any required purposes.

The research institute is interested in technology transfer with industrial companies. They prefer to cooperate via financial agreement or license agreement. They are looking for an opportunity to manufacture and commercialize of this technology under the license agreement. Secondly, they are looking for investors to cooperate with via financial agreement.

Advantages and Innovations

The new device has many advantages over existing products on the market measuring somatic cell counts directly for breeding cattle. These products are usually based on a mechanical principle using litmus paper, cannot be connected to a computer and are less accurate. Instruments connectable to a computer or smartphone are disproportionately more expensive or technically challenging. At present, most of the samples are being sent for analysis to external laboratories, where the results can last for several days. The proposed innovative device for measuring somatic cell counts is very inexpensive, easily portable, reliable, trouble-free and almost maintenance-free solution for precise analytical measurement and diagnosis, as well as for undemanding measurement of viscosity for various purposes.

Stage Of Development

Prototype available for demonstration

Requested partner

- Type of partner sought:
The research institute is interested in technology transfer with industrial companies. The institute is looking for industrial partners for collaboration on any of the following levels:
• Manufacturing and commercialization of the technology under license agreement
• Financial agreement - they are looking for investors


- Specific area of activity of the partner:
• for Licence agreement: Veterinary medicine, pharmaceutical industry, chemical industry, cosmetic industry, printing industry
• Financial agreement - no preference

- Task to be performed:
• Licensing agreement - technology transfer - a transfer of rights in return for a fee or share of royalties
• Financial agreement - an investment agreement. The institute is looking for investors for this technology

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