This project brings together an SME (GNA), an academic research group (at Mendel University), a medical center with biosafety laboratories (INMI), and an NGO with field expertise concerning Ebola (EMERGENCY).
GNA Biosolutions GmbH [link]
Containing the spread of an Ebola outbreak relies on very fast detection tools. In the FILODIAG project, GNA takes advantage of its Laser PCR® technology for a uniquely fast detection of nucleic acid targets. GNA engages in the instrument and cartridge adaptation, and prepares the Laser PCR assay for Ebola testing. This will form the basis for a near-patient analysis system for detecting the Ebola virus. Furthermore, GNA leads the dissemination and coordination of the project.
GNA Biosolutions was founded by Joachim Stehr, Federico Bürsgens, and Lars Ullerich as a spin-off in 2010 from the Chair of Photonics and Optoelectronics of Jochen Feldmann at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany.
Mendel University in Brno [link]
Mendel University in Brno consists of five faculties and one university institute, covering agricultural, forestry, biological, economic, technical and pedagogical sciences. The Laboratory of Metallomics and Nanotechnology is focused on several areas of research, covering modern electrochemical methods, synthesis of nanomaterials such as quantum dots and magnetic nanoparticles, nanomedicine, and nanoelectronics. Within the FILODIAG project, materials and protocols will be developed for an advances virus concentration and processing.
Instituto Nazionale per le Malattie Infettive “Lazzaro Spallanzani” [link]
The National Institute for Infectious Diseases (INMI) “Lazzaro Spallanzani” is a public research institution dedicated to infectious diseases. The insitute serves as the Italian National Referral Centre for the management and diagnosis of highly transmissible infectious diseases. Since 2003, INMI is member of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (WHO), and in 2009 it was appointed as a WHO collaborative center for clinical care, diagnosis, response and training on highly infectious diseases. INMI has diagnostic, patient care and research facilities, all placed in a large campus. The new instrument will be tested at INMI with relevant samples.
EMERGENCY Ong Onlus is an independent and neutral humanitarian organization. It was founded in Italy in 1994, to provide free high quality medical and surgical care to the victims of war, landmines and poverty. EMERGENCY also promotes a culture of solidarity, peace and respect for human rights. Over the years, EMERGENCY has been working in 16 countries, building and managing Medical and Surgical Centres, Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration Centres, Paediatric Clinics, First Aid Posts, Primary Health Clinics, a Maternity Centre and a Centre for Cardiac Surgery. EMERGENCY runs a new, 100-bed Ebola Treatment Center near the capital of Sierra Leone. Within the FILODIAG project, EMERGENCY will test the detection system under field conditions.