Speeding innovation for industry
Animal Nutrition announce its partnership with CEA to design
NUMCELL. NUMCELL is a technology to quantify live yeast cells within a range of
feed materials, free from the time-constraints of culture-based numeration
This new tool is based on CEA Lensfree imaging technology. After several years of development, NUMCELL can now be used by Lallemand analysis laboratory to speed up analysis processes, with a goal of continuous improvement of customer support services. The Toulouse and Grenoble teams have fine-tuned the device's technology to enable it to observe a wide range of cells and bacteria relevant to the company and its customers in order to study biological cultures and detect events that are difficult to perceive under a standard microscope.
Mathieu Castex, R&D Director Lallemand Animal Nutrition, comments: "Our customer analysis department processes thousands of analyzes a year and increasing our throughput is key to improve our customer's experience. Having benchmarked many techniques for quantifying microorganisms, we selected the technology developed by CEA for its robustness and high potential. After several years of development we now have a new tool, easy to implement, and much faster than the conventional microbiological count. The numeration of live yeast cell within any feed type (pellets, mash, and more) can now be achieved automatically with a dedicated software. We just entered a new phase of the project aimed at automatizing and improving the processing flow in a view to always improve support to our feed industry partners"
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.