• Anonymous Organization
  • From European Union
  • Responsive
  • Project Size Range : Strategic project backed by large scale funding €
  • Deadline completed
    The submission process for new proposals is closed. Proposals submitted before the deadline will follow the standard evaluation process.

Desired outcome

We are looking for a synthetic protein (or other suitable nutrient), or a mix of them, supporting fast growth of difficult bacteria meanwhile mitigating overgrowth of less demanding ones. The goal is to replace in our product and processes the proteins currently used, which are of vegetable origin.

Organization from European Union

Details of the Innovation Need


Certain protein/nutrients support growth of fastidious and difficult bacteria (as supplement that usually are used to produce the media petri dish). The potential prospect is to identify the correct mix of protein that can be used to maintain the viability of specific group of microorganisms. Since the Components/substance cannot be an enrichment growth supplement, that’s why we are looking for material with natural or chemical synthesis origin, because it need to guarantee the same bacterial/microbial charge recovered from a patience.

We are looking for the best mix of synthetic origin protein/nutrients able to support the viability of difficult bacteria without overgrowing less demanding bacteria.


  • The material or blend shall be of synthetic origin and be stable for 24 months in dehydrated status . It must be :
  • –– Resistant to gamma, X and beta rays • Stable at temperatures between -20°C and 70°C
  • Soluble in water
  • Highly resistant to humidity (RH: 60-80%) when in dry status (powder)
  • Non-oxidizing when in contact with O2 and/or under sun light
  • Safe, biocompatible and non-toxic to microorganisms of interest in the clinical, environmental and veterinary field
  • Be light color and keep such characteristic at different statuses • Low/moderate cost

Discarded solutions

  • Soy derivatives;
  • Derivatives of pancreatic extracts;
  • Triptose
  • Triptone

They have been discarded for two main reasons :

  • The component does not guarantee the microbial maintenance in aqueous solution while allow the enrichment: it cannot be a part of our search.
  • The use of those products/substances have a high negative impact on final product: if the components listed above are used, the color of final product could be not acceptable on the market for specific application.

Possible solution areas

  • We don’t have a preferred protein or other substances. We are looking for any kind of substance/material ( chemical or natural substance) that can support the maintenance of clinical microbial flora. NO enrichment

Related Keywords

  • Biological Sciences
  • Medicine, Human Health
  • Biology / Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry / Biophysics Technology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology Technology
  • In vitro Testing, Trials Technology
  • Microbiology Technology
  • Enzyme Technology
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Protein Engineering
  • Genome Research
  • Infectious Diseases

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