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Csillagszem BT.
 
Name of SME:   Csillagszem BT.
Project title:  Sporeformer Microflora: Identification, Toxicity, Heat treatment and other Industrial 
                processes, Impact on food safet
      
Project acronym: SMITHII
Call details:          FP6-2005-FOOD-4-A, Priority 5
Project type:         IP
 
Subject of the project:
Developing state of the art molecular tools to detect, indentify and trace sporulated bacteria, as well as to quantify the toxins they produce. Together with the development of models to describe and anticipate evolution or process-induced selection of sporoformers, the results of SMITHII will enable their acterization at a genetic, molecular and behavioural level.
 
Context of the project:
SMITHII will contribute to definition of new process orientations and new recommendations for all actors of the food industry: recommendations on process development and biomarkers of biological agents along the entire food chain will help identify and control contaminations. SMITHII reflects equirements of new EU Food Law (EC/178/2002) ensuring foodstuff tracebility from 1 January 2006.
 
Consortium composition:
20 participant organization from 9 EU countries (FR, BE, UK, AT, NL, GR, NO, SE and 1 new member, HU), 1 associated country (IL) and 1 candidate country (TR), including only 3 SMEs from Greece, France and Hungary. 1 non-EU country is involved, US.
 
Budget:
7.303.509 euros
 
Work programme:
SP1: Development of diagnostic tools
SP2: Models for investigating diversity and tracebility of sporulated bacteria from fork to farm
SP3: Tools for the optimisation of thermal processes and preservation
SP4: Sporeforming bacteria: intra-specific potentialities or cladistic evolution?
SP5: Risk assessment and new process orientations
SP6: Regulation, normalisation, traning, dissemination, exploitation
 
Brief description of the SME:
Csillagszem BT. is a small, private company (SME), located in Budapest (Hungary), founded in 1997. Employers: 2 persons. Main activity: developing and manufacturing membrane based, in vitro rapid diagnostic tests, among others fertility hormones (e.g. hCG) and drugs of abuse (DOA) tests. It is available equipped laboratory with all devices and instruments for manufacturing of membrane based rapid tests. The development of a new multicomponent drugs of abuse test (9 analytes) is supported by EU and Hungarian government (GVOP).
 
How did the SME get involved in the project?
Invitation by the project management. Hungarian Science and Technology Foundation offered significant support in partner search activity.
 
Role and activities of the SME in the project:
Csillagszem will develop toxinogen bacteria and toxin quantification rapid test kits.
 
The SME budget/grant:
409.000 euros/206.500 euros
 
Strategic expectations of the SME:
Development of new, unique products in the field of feed and food analysis
 
IPR for the SME:
When results are emerging from the project need to be protected (e.g. patents) the preparation of application of patens or other forms of intellectual property rights will be the responsibility of the partner which have made the invention. HSTF offered significant support in partner search activity.


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