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Novel plate for bacterial flora sampling with the palm of the hand

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Biostatistics, Epidemiology
Diagnostics, Diagnosis
Virus, Virology/Antibiotics/Bacteriology
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In-vitro diagnostics
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A Spanish research group of the public health system has developed a plate specially designed for sampling contaminant bacterial flora with the palm of the hand. The sampling on the hand palm makes it easy to use and apply. A license agreement or an technical cooperation agreement for a public or private partnership for the further development of the patented technology is sought.



The bacterial flora consists in the microorganisms that are commonly found as saprophytes on the skin. The hands are an ideal ecosystem for the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms. It is important to be able to sample the bacterial flora from the hand of a healthcare professional.

Current methods used for the detection of bacterial flora in health professionals are not adequate, since the bacterial flora present in the fingertips of healthcare professionals is not the most representative of the potential infections.

A Spanish hopital research group has developed a plate for sampling contaminant bacterial flora in the hand of a healthcare professional. The plate is specially designed for sampling of bacterial flora from the palm of the hand of a healthcare professional comprising benchmarks intended to be placed on anatomical elements of the hand palm in order to correctly position the plate and an orifice for taking samples located in an area of the plate.

The research group is looking for the following collaboration:
-License agreement: framework of authorizing the interested parties to use the technology.
-Technical cooperation agreement: to collaborate with other research teams, companies or foundations to adapt the technologies to biological and therapeutic applications.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
- The sampling is performed on the hand palm, which makes it easy to use and apply. - It is a plate especially designed for sampling of hospital bacterial flora. - The method is more efficient than current methods used for the detection of bacterial flora on health professionals, since the hand palm bacterial flora is more representative for detecting infections

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Available for demonstration

Partner sought

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The research group aims to formalize a technology transfer process with publir or private entities interested in the implementation of the solution, through a license agreement. If there are some entities, such as R&D centres, technology centres or specialized companies, interested in collaborating and developing further aspects of the solution, a technical cooperation agreement could be envisaged. They already sell the plate in Spain and now they want to expand abroad.

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SME 11-50,University,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500