February 1, 2017

Salofa to commercialise blue-green algae test

The Salofa quick test can identify the most common cyanobacteria toxins found in water, such as microcystins and nodularins.
The Salofa quick test can identify the most common cyanobacteria toxins found in water, such as microcystins and nodularins.
VTT

Salofa, a company spun out of Finnish research, intends to bring the first easy-to-use blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) quick test to the Nordic consumer market this year.

Users will be able to determine whether bodies of water, such as the sea, are free of cyanobacteria toxins.

“The single-use cyanobacteria test requires only a few drops of water and indicates the result within 15 minutes,” explains VTT senior scientist Liisa Hakola.

The test has been developed by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Turku. The quick test is the first of many that Salofa aims to manufacture. The company is able to produce quick tests with computerised programming.

“Automated assembly of testing devices is necessary because the production costs should be equal to or, preferably, less than those of manual assembly in China,” says Juhani Vänskä, CEO of Salofa. “The use of identical cassettes in different tests is reasonable in order to achieve sufficiently large production volumes and cost benefits through automation.”

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