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Plymouth U start-up develops rapid test to detect fecal contamination in water


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 12th, 2017

A Plymouth University (UK) start-up is commercializing a technology that can screen water for fecal contamination in less than 15 minutes.

MolEndoTech improves on current tests, which generally take between hours and days to detect fecal contamination. The start-up’s innovation, initially developed by Plymouth professor Simon Jackson, would significantly improve the ability to identify and track the source of pollution.

The technology comes at an appropriate time, as it was recently discovered that ice from coffee chains including Starbucks and Caffe Nero was found to contain an alarming level of fecal bacteria.

The start-up incubator Frontier IP Group Plc has received a 20% stake in MolEndoTech and will help bring the rapid water test to market.

“We are looking forward to working with Professor Jackson and his team to help accelerate the commercialization for this promising technology,” says Frontier CEO Neil Crabb. “We believe that MolEndoTech has an exciting future in the critical area of water quality assurance and are pleased to see the technology is already gaining interest in the marketplace.”

Source: Proactive Investors

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