Sustainable and cost-effective method for the isolation and concentration of viruses

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Summary of the technology

Researchers at the university of Burgos have developed a procedure to concentrate viruses from food samples (especially meat) and clinical samples. The new procedure is not only cheaper and easier to implement, but it is also a sustainable method as it does not use organic solvents.

New and innovative aspects

Current methods for virus detection in food have several limitations, such as low representativeness of the sample, difficulty in isolating viruses from inside cells and the use of organic solvents that are harmful to the environment and health.
In view of this situation, the need to develop an efficient method for virus detection has become evident. The procedure described by researchers at the university of Burgos has made it possible to overcome these limitations. This method makes it possible to achieve greater efficiency in the concentration of viruses; it makes it possible to extract viruses from inside the cells of the sample; and it is a more environmentally friendly and safer method.

Main advantages of its use

• The method is able to extract viruses found both on the surface of the sample and inside the cells. In this way, both the viruses on the surface and inside the cells of the food can be quantified.
• This method does not use organic solvents, making it a more sustainable method than the current ones.
• Lower economic cost.
• Lower risk in the workplace.


• Viruses capable of being detected by this method are viruses causing food-borne diseases such as, for example, hepatitis E virus.
• The sample is subjected a double lysis, which increases the amount of virus that can be isolated from a sample, resulting in an increase in the sensitivity of the subsequent extraction and detection steps.
• The method is easy to implement in a routine laboratory setting as only routine equipment present in any laboratory is required.


- Companies in the food sector.
- Public and private health sector.

Intellectual property status

Protected by patent P202230844

Current development status

Research or Experimental

Desired business relationship

Commercial Agreement, License Agreement, Technical Cooperation: further development; Technical Cooperation: testing new applications; Technical Cooperation: adaptation to specific needs.

Intellectual property status

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Related Keywords

  • Biological Sciences
  • Agrofood Industry
  • Genetic Engineering / Molecular Biology
  • Other
  • meat products
  • Food
  • meat
  • clinical samples
  • virus concentration
  • sustainable virus detection
  • health sector
  • food samples


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