Technology developed at ITTD wins Animal Health Award at the National Ploughing Innovation Arena 2014

BovAlert, a technology developed at the Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT Dublin) and available to license through DIT Hothouse, has won the Animal Health Award (Start-up Category) at the Enterprise Ireland and Irish Farmers Journal’s Innovation Arena at the National Ploughing Championships 2014.

The technology was developed in the ITT Dublin MiCRA Bio-diagnostics research centre by Prof. Eithne Dempsey (principal investigator), Dr. Brian Seddon, Dr. Baljit Singh, Dr. James Hayes and Dr. Simon Egan in collaboration with UCD researchers, Dr. Carmen Negredo, Dr. Mary Sekiya and Prof. Grace Mulcahy.

BovAlert is an electrochemical diagnostic device which tests the milk of animal herds for liver fluke, providing quick and easy information regarding disease status. The technology consists of a handheld electronic reader and an assay card for on-site testing. A milk or blood sample is applied to the card, which contains various reagents required for a specific testing procedure. Once the card is inserted into the reader, the test begins. The process reduces test times from approximately one week in a standard laboratory to a 10-15 minute farm test.

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