Associate partners

The research group “New Food Processing Technologies” belongs to IA2, the Zaragoza University Collaborative Agricultural Research Institute. Created more than 30 years ago, this research group was singled out by the Government of Aragón in 2003 as a “Research Group of Excellence”.

The group is currently composed of three tenured professors, three titular professors, a doctoral assistant, two contracted PhD’s, and eight scholarship holders and/or students employed on a pre-doctorate work contract basis.

The group works along several lines of investigation centered around the improvement of foodstuff preservation and processing. A further line of investigation is devoted to biotests for food quality control purposes.

Within the latter line of investigation – the one most closely associated with the TESTACOS project’s field of reference – our team has developed a test that detects antibiotics and sulphonamides in sheep’s milk, and which is currently commercialized by Zeulab under the name “Eclipse”. This test is the market leader in Spain and is available in several countries. We have also developed a test for the detection of antibiotics and sulphonamides in meat, marketed by the same firm under the name “Explorer”. The corresponding research has been funded by five competitive projects in different areas, and has given rise to two doctoral theses and a patent. One of the theses was awarded the Enrique Coris Gruart Investigation Prize in 2006.

Sporadically, we have also carried out industry commissions, including a study on the persistence of antibiotics in eggs, another one about the persistence of antibiotics in animal corpses, and a further one on the optimization of techniques for producing analytic tests.

We are a Spanish biotech firm specialized in developing, producing and commercializing in vitro diagnostic tests for the food and environmental sectors.

We emerged in 1995 as a spinoff from the University of Zaragoza, with the vocation of becoming a research firm that would develop innovative products for a global market.

ZEULAB is now the world leader in tests that detect antibiotic residues in foodstuffs, as well as in the detection of food fraud, food allergens, etc. In recent years we have developed a new, exclusive line of tests for detecting toxins in water and in foodstuffs.

ZEULAB’s products are marketed in more than 40 countries through alliances with specialized distributors: we export over 70% of our production, mainly to Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

The Joint Research Unit “Innovations, Therapeutics and Resistances” (InTheRes) belongs to the Animal Health Division (AHD) of the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA). The group was created on January the 1st of 2018 from exiting teams with large experience and international recognition in the fields of veterinary drug pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, as well as associated analytical methods development and validation. Research axes are focusing on the use of antibiotics and antiparasitic drugs in food-producing animals, with the objective to fight against resistances.

InTheRes has 26 permanent staff (technicians, researchers and teachers), with employees from INRA and the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (ENVT), and 8 non-permanents staff – 2 engineers, 3 PhD student and 3 postdocs. InTheRes is located in Toulouse on the campus of ENVT.

The partnership of InTheRes in the project TESTACOS will consist in (i) supporting the teams conducting pharmacokinetic studies of the different antibiotics in animals, by helping designing experimental protocols, and (ii) constituting the bank of meat samples from Toulouse and testing the kit for antibiotics detection.

BIOSENTEC is a French company that develops, produces and commercializes enzymatic, colorimetric and electrochemical kits.

Since its foundation in 2001, this biotechnology enterprise is trying to become an important agent within the analytical field. Nowadays, it comprises several analytical domains such as agro-alimentary, water, oenology and human diagnose sectors.

It has diverse development priorities and owns a marked innovative character, as it is testified by the product diversification offered.

The Technology, Engineering and Food Safety research group of La Rioja University consists of one university full professor, one university assistant professor, one school assistant professor, one associate professor, one interim employee and one Ph.D. student. The group was founded in 1999, when Dr González Fandos, main group coordinator, joined La Rioja University.

This group develops several research lines centered on microbiological risk assessment linked to food consumption, as well as the influence of technological treatments on food quality and safety.

The group has been working about the control of pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp. and Stapylococcus aureus on several foodstuffs.

In recent years, the group has focused its research on microbiological safety of meat and meat products, emphasizing the importance of the studies developed within the poultry sector. Related to this research line, that is the most related to TESTACOS project, it should be noted the studies done not only at farm level but also at slaughterhouses and supply chain level.

The Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research (BIOEF) is a public foundation of Euskadi Autonomous Community, dependent of the Health Innovation and Research Direction of Helath Department from the Basque Government. It was created in 2002 from the Health Department as a tool for promoting innovation and research within the Euskadi Health System

The Foundation is also a collaboration, cooperation and communication context between different sectors linked to health innovation and research on several levels, autonomous, state and international levels.

BIOEF is helping to promote intesectoral health policies and programs, to set a bigger quality and competitiveness of the Halth System, with the aim of contributing to the generation of wealth and socio-economic development within the Basque Country

The Basque Country Public Health Laboratory consists of three headquarters coordinated in Araba, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, that depend directly on the Public Health and Dependences Direction of the Health Department of the Basque Country. On the laboratory there are more or less 70 people working (technical and administrative staff), shared by its three headquarters.

The Public Health Laboratory gives analytical services related to health promotion, prevention and protection, and also in situations of Public Health warning and risk. It has been certified by ENAC for agro-food area essays, environmental chemistry, clinic chemistry and toxicology. Its commitment is to develop and maintain a high scientific and technical innovation level, also collaborating on different studies and research projects such as TESTACOS project.

The Biosensors-Analysis-Environment (BAE) team from Perpignan Via Domitia University has been known for more than 20 years thanks to its skills for the development of innovative tools about agro-food and environmental sectors. It is a multidisciplinary team that consists of chemists and biologists, reason why it has raised as a reference entity for the development of biosensors based on different biological (enzymes, antibodies, organelles, etc.) or biomimetic receptors (aptamers, polymers, molecular fingerprint, etc.) and setting optical or electrochemical detection methods.

Since January 2017, BAE is a team-project from the Microbial Biodiversity and Biotechnology (LBBM USR-3579) from Pierre and Marie Curie-Sorbona Universities, set in Banylus/Mer.

BAE team, within TESTACOS project, is in charge of developing an electrochemical immunological biosensor for a sensitive and quick detection of fluoroquinolones on life animals or meat, with the objective of producing a new pre-commercial test, non polluting, reliable and easy to use.