Project Optical Fiber Biosensor

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In the frame work of the Intelligence For Food project the Optical Fibre Biosensor, developed within the research group MeBioS at KU Leuven, was identified as a promising innovative sensor system for the detection of, for instance, (hidden) allergens, GMO’s and DNA of micro-organisms and virusses. It is a biosensor system of the next generation that has the potential to allow for faster, quantitative, more accurate and cost awear and on-site quality control in food companies. The system can be used for multiplex screening of raw materials, intermediate and end products, production processes and cleaning procedures for various specific bio-molecules and micro-organisms at an affordable cost. This can include screening for allergens, toxins, proteins, bacteria, viruses, GMO etc. A prototype is available that will be used throughout the project for demonstration, experiments, further knowledge development, optimization research and validation in collaboration with the participating companies. The existing common techniques (ELISA, qPCR) will be used as reference techniques. The validation project combines technical evaluations (sensitivity, detection limit, robustness, measuring rate,…) with considerations on the balance between cost and benefits and knowledge transfer on detection techniques on allergens, toxins, GMO and micro-organisms for the food industry. 

More information on this technology: STW article ‘Biosensoren detecteren allergenen, toxines en DNA van micro-organismen op de productiesite’ (also see

Partner: MeBioS-KU.Leuven

Why participate?: Feasibility study for screening of specific allergens, toxins, bacteria, viruses, GMO’s on raw materials, intermediate products, end products and/or processes, including cleaning processes are possible. This will be followed by a further optimization based on your needs. After validation further advise for implementation is offered.

How to participate?: You have to be or to become member of Flanders’ FOOD and contribute, together with the other participating companies 20% of the validation project. The validation projects also aims at SME’s.

More information on this validation project, the work plan and the financial contribution can be found here