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A Slovak research institute has developed an innovative instrument determining somatic cell counts in milk on the basis of altered viscosity of milk. The 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 research institute is looking for business partners to cooperate via joint venture agreement, manufacturing agreement or technical cooperation agreement.
The 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 of 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 joint venture agreement, manufacturing agreement or technical cooperation agreement.
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.
Granted Slovak patent
Type: The institute is seeking an industrial partner
Field of activity: Veterinary medicine, pharmaceutical industry, chemical industry, cosmetic industry, printing industry
Role of partner:
- Joint venture agreement - The Slovak research institute is looking for a partner to create the strategic alliance with via the joint venture agreement.
- Manufacturing agreement - the Slovak institute is ready to produce this device for potential buyer/end user.
- Technical Cooperation agreement - to provide technical cooperation for the development and professional use of the system in any of the possible applications