R-Biopharm, a developer of products for clinical diagnostics and food and feed analysis, is to use the Sciflexarrayer from Scienion to produce chips for the detection of antibiotic residues in milk.
The chip simultaneously detects residues of different antibiotics in milk qualitatively and quantitatively.
It has two main applications: protection for the consumer, to avoid any health risks caused by antibiotic residues in milk; and also for the milk industry, as antibiotics in milk inhibit the growth of bacteria and therefore also lactic acid bacteria and other cultures that are essential for the production of yoghurt, cheese and other milk products.
A test before processing the milk is useful to avoid such problems.
Dr Holger Eickhoff, chief executive officer at Scienion, said that the company's technology enables precise dispensing of any content in the pico- and nano-litre range - something that is increasingly required in the areas of screening, analytics and diagnostics.