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We have been working closely with a number of leading brands in the drinks industry to validate and improve their processes. The drinks industry have historically tested product through the manufacturing process for biological abnormalities (bacteria, yeast, fungi) and foreign bodies by taking samples and sending them to a lab to grow cultures, or via optical techniques. This takes time – an average three to five days for a microbiological test – is costly and, in the case of optical techniques, lacks specificity.

Not only is Figura’s technology significantly faster, it can also identify things that are not currently tested for, such as conductivity, flavour bleed and microplastics.

Our technology is low cost, easy to assemble and multiuse in other sectors including environmental and healthcare.

A parallel project with Italian specialist sensor component manufacturers Elements has shown that the process can provide both coronavirus pre-screening and a Covid-19 diagnosis – with promising results. The detection of SARS-CoV-2 is one immediate way we can help whilst demonstrating the power of the platform technology.

Our project with the MTC will enable us to to quickly and cost effectively install our technology in a wide variety of commercial settings.

We are already working with partners to validate and improve their processes.
If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch.

Nick Whitehurst