Salmonella Detection Kit

iMiCROQ obtains € 1.2 million to develop an automated device that integrates rapid detection of pathogens, DNA and food allergens

24 Jun 2019

iMiCROQ has raised 1.2 million euros of European funds to develop the first platform that combines in a single solution different tests to detect pathogens, DNA, viruses, allergens and mycotoxins in food.

The device, that is scheduled to begin testing in 2020, allows automatize tests and identify in just 24 hours the presence of bacteria and in a matter of minutes the presence of viruses or allergens that affect human health.

The solution of iMiCROQ, which is addressed to companies in the food industry and quality control laboratories, automates the analysis of food to facilitate the identification of substances that pose a risk to humans and prevent them from causing infections or diseases. The platform integrates in a single equipment different types of tests to detect infectious or pathogenic agents such as salmonella or listeria bacteria, or viruses, as well as allergens such as gluten. The solution includes DNA tests and immunoassays, among others, that analyse samples of food, water, dust, environmental or animal faeces.

The objective of iMiCROQ, which will be developed within the framework of QSEIF project, is to identify risks to human health at different points in the food chain. Foodborne diseases cause 420,000 deaths each year, while infectious diseases account for 16.2% of total deaths per year. Therefore, detecting infectious agents quickly and reliably is a matter of public safety.

With the integration of the different tests in a single automated device, it also facilitates the reduction of the investment necessary for these analyses, the workspace in the laboratory and the time of staff dedication, which up to now was done manually, or using different high cost equipment.

QSEIF project aims to raise awareness among companies to increase these analyses in their products and improve food safety. The applications that can be carried out in the device will be continuously growing thanks to the activity of iMiCROQ R&D Department, bringing higher versatility and providing a greater benefit to its users.

iMiCROQ is a spin-off of the Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona created in 2010 and currently has 20 employees. The company expects to begin pilot tests of the platform during 2020 with potential user companies. iMiCROQ is in expansion, seeking investors to strengthen its international development and distribution network, currently in different countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

iMiCROQ appreciates the support of ACCIÓ – the agency for the competitiveness of the companies, which depends on the Department of Enterprise and Knowledge of the Generalitat of Catalonia -, to achieve the 1.2 million euros of aid from the SME Instrument of the European Commission.

QSEIF Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 849973.

PALEX MEDICAL S.A. will be exclusive distributor of QFast in Spain and Portugal

16 Mar 2018

iMiCROQ is pleased to communicate to all its customers, suppliers and personnel in general that we have agreed with PALEX Medical S.A. the exclusive distribution for Spain and Portugal of our portfolio of QFast products in agro-food safety.

iMiCROQ will continue to develop new applications in the QFast technology platform for the detection of pathogens, DNA and immunoassays with the aim of generating technical and economic advantages for our customers and making it easier for them to implement our products in their laboratories, facilitating detection in situ that supports its quality control and biosafety plans, reducing the risk of contamination in food, animals and the environment.

You can contact with Palex Medical División Laboratorio team through

  • Customer service: | 900180132
  • Commercial department: Raúl Gomez | | 91737653

You can see the full statement in the following link.

iMiCROQ participates in the XVI Edition of MRAMA

17 Nov 2017

From 21 to 24 November the XVI WORKSHOP RAPID METHODS AND AUTOMATION IN FOOD MICROBIOLOGY is held in Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Valles) organized by the Faculty of Veterinary of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. iMiCROQ sponsors and will attend the Workshop presenting the 21st our QFast integrated platform for rapid detection of pathogens in the food industry and primary production.

The aim of the workshop is to provide a theoretical and practical vision on innovative methods to detect, count, isolate and characterize microorganisms in food products and water. In this edition, the key-note speaker will be José Juan Rodríguez Jerez (UAB), sharing his knowledge on rapid methods and automation in microbiology.

More information about the event

Session “Advances in agri-food Safety”

17 Oct 2017

iMiCROQ organizes the Session “Advances in agri-food safety”, that will take place on 15/November/2017 in Castelldefels (Barcelona). This Session is focused to provide tools and methodologies to achieve safer food production, easily applicable and that generate a high added value to your Company.

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iMiCROQ closes an investment round of 1.5 million euros

03 Aug 2017

The Spanish company iMiCROQ, based in Tarragona, has recently closed a 1.5 M € capital increase round led by the SUEZ Group through its investment fund VENTO (Programa Innvierte in co-investment with CDTI) and the fund Caixa Innvierte Industria of Caixa Capital Risc. In this capital increase has also participated its traditional investors Valtari, Somtobir and Sider.
SUEZ, through the companies of its group, generates synergies with iMiCROQ‘s business and commercial plans, as well as collaborations in technological developments, thus presenting itself as a preferred technological partner. The QFast® analytical platform for the integrated detection of pathogens, DNA, viruses and toxins is expected to expand its portfolio for agro-food security and advance its international commercialization in the coming years.

iMiCROQ was created in 2010 as a technology-based company as spin-off of Universitat Rovira i Virgili and currently has 14 employees with a high qualification and experience. In the first two years of market access, the QFast® platform has been implemented in ISO 17025 accredited laboratories, internal control laboratories, poultry integrations, feed and raw material producers, animal health companies and small and medium-sized food companies.

Classical ELISA / ELONA assays can be easily implemented in QFast® bringing technical advantages that reduce interferences by improving selectivity, reduce manipulation and total time, as well as improve sensitivity, generating countless applications in on-site diagnostics in veterinary and clinical diagnostics areas.

iMiCROQ currently offers instrumentation packs and kits for the detection of Salmonella spp. in veterinary, environmental and food samples. These kits are internationally validated against reference method and Gen-QFast® Listeria monocytogenes and QFast® Sakazakii kits are in the process of being certified. The current portfolio is complemented by kits for the DNA detection of Salmonella enteritidis and Salmonella typhimurium.

Session “Advances in agri-food safety”

17 Jul 2017

iMiCROQ organizes the Session “Advances in agri-food safety”, that will take place on 19/September/2017 in Madrid. This Session is focused to provide tools and methodologies to achieve safer food production, easily applicable and that generate a high added value to your Company.

More información about the Session

New QFast Salmonella protocol

12 Dec 2016

iMiCROQ extends its range of QFast Salmonella protocols for the planning improvement in your laboratory with the new HARD EASY VETERINARY protocol.

HARD EASY VETERINARY is specially designed for the detection of Salmonella spp. in veterinary samples from the poultry industry.

It has the following advantages over the HARD+ protocol:

  • Adaptation of incubation times to laboratory schedules.
  • Optimization of time in the laboratory taking advantage of non-working days.
  • Reduction of handling operations without compromising the selectivity of efficiency.
  • Reduction of costs. The protocol is certified UNE/EN/ISO 16140:2003 as an alternative method to ISO 6579:2002.

We adapt our formats | New presentations

12 Dec 2016

iMiCROQ adapts its formats to the laboratory requirements with the new QFast Salmonella SOFT BASIC and HARD DRY BAG presentations.


SOFT BASIC Presentation

A supplement is supplied to add directly on your buffered peptone water. It has the following advantages:

  • Optimization of laboratory resources enabling the use of the same standard sample preparation plus the addition of the supplement after obtaining the different aliquots for other determinations.
  • Reduction of storage space, packaging and waste volume.
  • Increase of productivity- It is not necessary to prepare a second weighting of sample.
  • Cost reduction.


HARD DRY BAG Presentation

The pre-enrichment Medium 1 is provided in dehydrated irradiated format to be reconstituted samply by adding sterile deionized wáter. It has the following advantages:

  • Easy and fast to prepare, more operating efficiency.
  • Irradiated product. No further sterilization is required.
  • You can use the provided medium bag in your blender homogenizer.
  • Reduction of storage space, packaging and waste volume.



RTU: Ready to use 

All culture media in ready-to-use format. Includes all the auxiliary material needed to carry out the analysis: containers, micropipette tips, sterile microtubes, etc…

TBR: To be reconstituted 

More compact and economical format ideal for laboratories that process high number of samples.

Culture media should be prepared and sterilized before use.

You can use your own materials (containers, auxiliary material).

Dry bag: Dehydrated pre-enrichment medium in irradiated bag 

Optimal solution for customers that required reduced pric e without compromising ease of use and storage space.

Pre-enrichment medium is prepared easily by the addition of 215ml of sterile deionized water using, for example, an automatic dilutor,


In this way, the commercial presentations of QFast Salmonella that we make available to our customers are the following:

Storage conditions of consumable kits

12 Dec 2016

Following our commitment to the environment, we have improved the production method of the dehydrated reaction solution, increasing its stability and achieving endurance to higher temperatures, and even room temperature for short periods of time.

This enhancement allows us to restructure the way we do shipments. By eliminating unnecessary packaging we can reduce the size of the kits, reducing the volume of waste and promoting a more compact and sustainable transport.

We take this opportunity to remind you of the storage conditions of the different reagents in the kit.

iMiCROQ is granted as INNOVATIVE SME

01 Dec 2016

The Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness has granted iMiCROQ as an INNOVATIVE SME, recognizing its innovative character and capacity.

Obtaining the INNOVATIVE PYME seal is a recognition of the innovation and constant development that iMiCROQ carries out thanks to its R&D projects, focused mainly on the development of fast, simple and reliable pathogen detection methods in the food industry.

The accreditation of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness certifies the adhesion of the company to the Register of Innovative SMEs.

iMiCROQ participates in the XX edition of the National Congress of Food Microbiology

29 Aug 2016

From 14 to 16 September the XX National Congress of Food Microbiology is held in Leon organized by the University of Leon.

iMiCROQ sponsors and will attend the Congress presenting QFast platform for rapid detection of pathogens in the food industry and primary production.

During the congress the latest developments and new strategies for the microbiological safety of food will be shown, providing a theoretical and practical insight on innovative methods to ensure quality and safety of food products and how to manage microbiological hazards in the food chain.

More information about the event.

iMiCROQ participates in the JPA 2016

07 Apr 2016

iMiCROQ will participate from 19th to 22nd April in Seville in the 20th edition of the Poultry Professional Conference organized by the Real Escuela Oficial y Superior de Avicultura.

iMiCROQ will present in its booth located in the exhibition area, its QFast platform for the detection of pathogens in the poultry industry as well as the entire food chain from producer to consumer.

The aim of the conference is to provide a professional meeting point for poultry technicians, veterinarians, agronomists and other personnel involved in equipment for farms and veterinary laboratories, to disseminate the latest technological trends and to stimulate the development of new ideas and applications.

The event focuses its program in production processes chickens and turkeys, nutrition, pathology, intestinal health, internationalization and egg sector.

If you want to know our products and our technological solutions to pathogen detection, please visit our booth.

More information about JPA 2016.

iMiCROQ participates in BIOSENSORS 2016

05 Apr 2016

From 25th to 27th May in Gothenburg, Sweden, iMiCROQ presents its latest advances in the production of screen-printing biosensors using multiple designs and materials. You can visit us at booth 27.

Since 2010, iMiCROQ produces its own biosensors for the determination of pathogens in agrofood samples, as Salmonella or Listeria. The Company has also participated in several national and European projects contributing its experience in the manufacture of cheap, functional and highly reproducibie biosensors.

If you want to see our capabilities or are interested in the manufacture or design of sensors, feel free to visit our booth and you can talk with iMiCROQ scientific and technical staff.

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iMiCROQ participates in Alimentaria & Horexpo Lisboa 2015

18 Nov 2015

Alimentaria & Horexpo Lisboa is the most important fair in Portugal and one of the most important events in Europe in the food market. It will be held from 22 to 24 November 2015 in Lisbon.

The fair is strategically positioned as a business platform between Europe, Africa and South America. The exhibitors are divided into three areas: Alimentaria, Horexpo and Tecnoalimentaria.

iMiCROQ presents at its stand (Hall 02> Stand 2A53) in Tecnoalimentaria section its QFast Technology Platform as well as QFast Salmonella Kit and its family of products for a fast, easy and reliable detection of pathogens, as a solution to the major needs of the food industry, guarantee the food safety of their products.

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iMiCROQ participates in the XIV Edition of MRAMA

04 Nov 2015

From 24 to 27 November the XIV WORKSHOP RAPID METHODS AND AUTOMATION IN FOOD MICROBIOLOGY is held in Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Valles) organized by the Faculty of Veterinary of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

iMiCROQ sponsors and will attend the Workshop presenting QFast platform for rapid detection of pathogens in the food industry and primary production.

The aim of the workshop is to provide a theoretical and practical vision on innovative methods to detect, count, isolate and characterize microorganisms in food products.

In this edition, the key-note speaker will be Dr. Daniel YC Fung (Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA), sharing his knowledge on rapid methods and automation in microbiology, as well as sample preparation techniques and methods to count and identify microorganisms.

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iMiCROQ participates in the IX Edition of the EmprendedorXXI Awards

28 Oct 2015

iMiCROQ has achieved the pre-selection stage in the IX Edition of the EmprendedorXXI Awards organized by “la Caixa”, addressed to companies with 2 to 7 years of operation in the fields of life sciences, digital technologies, industrial technologies and food and agriculture industry.

iMiCROQ participates in the “creces” category in the “food and agriculture industry” sector created this year.

The Emprendedor XXI Awards are driven by “la Caixa” through Caixa Capital Risc and co-awarded by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism by ENISA in order to identify, recognize and accompany innovative start-ups with highest growth potential in Spain.

In this edition 32 companies have been qualified and are participating in an intensive three-day course on business development by ESADE and IESE to reflect on the growth plan of the company and prepare the presentations to the jury.

In a second phase 12 finalists will compete in the final stage that will be held in Barcelona on 30 October in the presence of a jury that will choose the winners in each sector.

More information about the Entrepreneur XXI Awards

Session “QFast Technology for food safety”

19 Feb 2015

iMiCROQ organizes the Session “QFast Technology for food safety. Integrated platform for pathogen detection”.

The Session will take place on 25/February/2015 in the Cámara de Comercio de Valencia. The Session is focused to present QFast Tecnology, an innovative pathogen detection system for food and feed safety.

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iMiCROQ qualifies for the final phase of the VIII edition of the Emprendedor XXI Awards

19 Nov 2014

iMiCROQ is one of the finalists in the “creces” category in the field of “life sciences” of the VIII edition of the Emprendedor XXI awards. These awards are sponsored by “la Caixa” and co-granted by the Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo, through the Empresa Nacional de Innovación (Enisa). 19 business projects have been selected for the category “creces”, submitted by enterprises of 2-7 years of operation in the fields of life sciences, digital technologies and industrial technologies. In this edition more than 150 companies have participated.

The 19 selected companies will participate in an intensive three-day course on business development taught by ESADE and IESE where they will reflect on the growth plan and receive support to prepare further presentations to the Committee. The next step will be a second selection by a State Technical Committee of 9 finalists who will be awarded with the access to one of the internationalization bridges organized by Caixa Capital Risc. As a final step, the finalists will present their candidacy before a state Jury in Barcelona on December 5, and the three winners, one in the technology sector, one of the life sciences and a third of the industry sector will be selected.

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iMicroQ participates in the third session of the “Lessons Learned” Series

10 Nov 2014

On November 13, Biocat and CataloniaBio organize the session “Different models of investment in biotechnology companies: experiences in overcoming obstacles” The sessions will start at 16:00 in the Barcelona Scientific Park (PCB).

This is the third session of the Lessons Learned Series, “Sharing experiences to boost competitiveness“, aimed at businessmen, entrepreneurs and business professionals from the field of life sciences. Its aim is to exchange experiences and ideas to strengthen the competitiveness of biotechnological companies.

During the day, several speakers will share their experiences and strategies of private funding, from venture capital to the relationship with industrial partners or trading on secondary markets. Key legal issues to consider in each funding model will also be discussed.

Carlos Arias, CEO iMicroQ, will participate in the session as a speaker explaining how the venture capital investment can be successful.

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Coriolis offers high efficiency in environmental sampling – a key factor in controlling airborne pathogens and associated diseases

24 Oct 2014

Air is an important medium for the dispersion of many types of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.

There are a huge variety of pathogens that can be suspended in air. For example, Legionella, Aspergillus, Pseudomonas, Listeria and Salmonella, among others.

Control and monitor environmental pollution is an essential factor in the fields of food industry, hospitals, public schools, offices, workplaces and even in homes. This control would help the prevention of respiratory, systemic or allergic diseases.

For air monitoring to be effective, it is essential to use sampling equipment that has a wide range, high particle retention capacity of a large spectrum of sizes and a high biological efficiency that captures the maximum type of microorganisms suspended in air. The validation of this efficiency is regulated and standardized in ISO 14698 standard.

It is also necessary that the medium in which the microorganisms have been captured can be easily used in the greatest variety of analytical techniques to detect and differentiate those microorganisms.

The Coriolis μ instrument is a high performance air sampling equipment which is based on a technology patented by Bertin Technologies, that transfers the particles present in the air in a liquid. This liquid solution is used subsequently to perform the necessary microorganism detection methods. The high efficiency of Coriolis μ, compared to other equipments in the market is due to:

  • a hight volume of air sampled (up to 300 l / min) to enable the collection of even the smallest particles, such as viruses
  • a long collection time of air (up to 6 hours) to monitor the areas during a work shift
  • compatibility with any subsequent method of analysis: microbiological culture based methods, PCR, immunoassay, cytometry, bioluminescence,…

Coriolis μ has been tested in multiple environments, demonstrating its versatility in:

  • hospitals to monitor and assist in the prevention of nosocomial infections or viral infections in patients or visitors
  • industrial facilities such as cooling towers, composting plants, water treatment plants or chemical plants that may have a high impact on the health of their workers or nearby populated areas
  • farms and meat production industries to prevent diseases, mainly due to fungi and bacteria in the workers or animals
  • food and cosmetic industry, which requires strict controls in air quality at critical points in their processes
  • pharmaceutical industry to control pollution in production facilities and check the cleanliness of their facilities after applying decontamination protocols

Complementary to the field studies, it has been tested the equipment using the techniques described in ISO 14698 standard, achieving a a high efficiency in both physical and biological.

Since 2013, Coriolis μ air sampling equipment and its consumables are being commercialized by iMiCROQ. If you are interested in receiving more information, please contact us.

QFast2 has been selected in the call SME Instrument-Open Disruptive Innovation (ODI)

26 Sep 2014

QFast2 project has been selected for funding in Phase 1 of the call SME Instrument – Open Disruptive Innovation (ODI) addressed to European SMEs within the Horizon 2020 programme. Phase 1 is devoted to the development of a technological and business plan for the development of products with a high level of innovation and close to market needs. The call received 885 project proposals and 30 were selected.

The QFast2 “Fast Pathogen Detection Platform Multitarget Traceable Within a Quality Assurance System” project aims to develop an equipment that allows rapid detection (<24h), low cost and a simultaneous detection of three pathogens (Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus) of great importance to food production industry and food security. This equipment could be operated in-situ by unqualified personnel, allowing the user to implement the results to their documental processes and management protocols and providing full traceability of the sample throughout the detection process.

Once finished Phase 1, the project will participate in the call of Phase 2, dedicated to the demonstration of the technology and the equipment and the construction of a first prototype.

iMiCROQ participates in Biospain 2014

24 Sep 2014

On September 24, iMiCROQ has participated in the round table organized by Biocat within Biospain 2014, entitled “Accelerating innovation in health, challenges and opportunities”.

This round table has been focused in the process of accelerating innovation in the field of health from the perspective of the different actors involved, their challenges and needs.
In the discussion participated the representatives of a private accelerator (Celine Druilhe, vice president of Healthbox, USA), a start-up (Carlos Arias, CEO of iMiCROQ), a venture capital fund (Inmaculada Valle Asencio, investment analyst Caixa Capital Risc) and a corporate investor (Jose Terence, COO of Gri-cel, the Grífols group).
Biospain 2014, organized by ASEBIO, the Spanish Bioindustry Association, will be held in Santiago de Compostela from 24 to 26 September and will bring together more than 750 companies.

iMICRQQ participates in VIV EUROPE 2014

21 May 2014

VIV EUROPE is an international exhibition which is held every four years. This year it is held in Utrecht between 20 and 22 May and it is expected to bring together more than 20,000 professionals and 500 companies in the livestock industry and meat processing worldwide.

The exhibition consists of a program of conferences and seminars where the latest advances in the field are shown and an exhibition area for companies to showcase their products and serve as a meeting point.

iMICROQ presents in the showroom its new product, the QFast Salmonella Kit, as a solution to one of the greatest needs of the livestock and food sector, ensuring food safety of their products.

QFast Salmonella obtains the international UNE/EN/ISO 16140:2003 validation

10 Apr 2014

QFast® Salmonella method has been validated and has obtained the UNE / EN / ISO 16140:2003 for Salmonella spp detection in veterinary, environmental samples (including primary production: feces, dust) and animal feed.

Salmonella is one of the pathogens that have more impact on the poultry and food industry and its analysis is regulated at European level and is subject to national control programs to reduce the prevalence of this bacteria and improve food safety conditions for human consumption.

This certification, performed by AENOR, is internationally recognized and establishes that QFast® Salmonella alternative method can be used and provides equivalent results to ISO 6579:2002 reference method. This certification meets the requirements of Regulation 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria.

After obtaining the necessary authorizations for the animal health products by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, with registration numbers 3053-RD and 3054-RD, iMICROQ offers to its customers two new products of the QFast® family:

  • QFast® Salmonella SOFT specified for animal feed samples
  • QFast® Salmonella HARD specified for veterinary and environmental samples from primary production

These products are the result of two years of development, industrial testing , improvements in the production process and a clear focus to offer a product that provides a solution to market needs to have a fast, economical and reliable method for the detection of Salmonella spp.

QFast® family products will continue to increase in the coming months. We are currently under the certification process of QFast® Salmonella SOFT EASY, QFast® Salmonella HARD EASY and the implementation of QFast® Salmonella method in the field of food security.

QFast® Salmonella can be validated within the ENAC accreditation for its use as a technique for self-management programs within the National Control Programme for Salmonella and food producers in their internal control programs.

QFast® Salmonella is considered a fast and easy method to use, and with a total detection time (from sample to result) less than 24 hours and with a low detection limit for agrifood samples.

More information about QFast® Salmonella

iMicroQ participates in the Poultry Professional Conference JPA2014

26 Mar 2014

iMICROQ is participating until 27 March in Sevilla in the Poultry Professional Conference organized by the Real Escuela Oficial y Superior de Avicultura. This event coincides with the celebration of the second edition of the International Exhibition of Poultry and Livestock.

The purpose of the conference is to provide to breeders, poultry technicians, veterinarians, agronomists and other professionals involved with equipments for farms and veterinary laboratories in a professional point of meeting.
The event brings together more than 105 companies and 40 lecturers, is focused on production processes of chickens and turkeys, mycotoxicosis , biosecurity and farm management , breeding and incubation, pathology and alternative poultry .

iMicroQ participates in Conference and exposes the QFast Salmonella Kit for animal feed samples samples and veterinary and environmental samples from primary production.

Session “Salmonella in the meat production chain”

19 Mar 2014

iMICROQ organizes the Session “Salmonella in the meat production chain. Sampling, rapid detection, vaccination and bio-safety plans”.

The Session will take place on 09/April/2014 in the facilities of IRTA-Mas del Bover in Reus. The Session is focused to provide tools and realiable alternatives that are easily applicable and generate high added value to the livestock units and operational control improvements.

More information about the Session

iMICROQ participates in the Info day Horizon 2020

17 Jan 2014

On January 17 in Brussels, iMICROQ participates in the Info day to get first-hand information on the Horizon 2020 funding instrument.

The info day is organised by the Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food to provide full information on the new calls for proposals of Societal Challenge 2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research bio-based industries and the Bioeconomy).

iMICROQ presents its new product: QFast-Magnet

05 Dec 2013

iMICROQ offers the magnetic particle separator QFast-Magnet. This device provides a high efficiency in the operations that require a separation of magnetic particles from liquid matrices.

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iMICROQ participates in the conference organized by the RedEmprendia: “Researchers entrepreneurs: from the University to the Company”

18 Nov 2013

On November 19, Carlos Arias, CEO of iMICROQ participates in the panel discussion entitled “How to generate your first client undertaking in Biotechnology?” bringing the experience of the Company, who has participated in the “Campus of International Excellence-Promotion of Academic Entrepreneurship“, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Banco Santander and RedEmprendia.

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iMiCROQ offers its expertise to Horizon 2020 Projects

15 Nov 2013

iMICROQ team has a large experience in participating in R&D national and european projects and will be a very good and reliable partner to collaborate with for H2020 projects.

We interested in joining to a partnership for Horizon 2020 research program.

Main research insterest is focused to the following Health and Food Security related topics:

  • SC1-PHC6-2014: Improving the control of infections epidemics and foodborne outbreaks through rapid identification of pathogens.
  • SC1-PHC9-2014: Development of new diagnostic tools and technologies: in vitro devices, assays and platforms.
  • SC1-PHC24-2014: Self-management of health and disease: citizen engagement and mHealth.
  • SC2-SFS13-2014: Biological contamination of crops and the food chain.
  • SC2-SFS14-2014: Improving the control of infectious epidemics and foodborne outbreaks through rapid identification of pathogens

Founded in 2010, iMICROQ is a Spanish SME biotech company with the aim of commercially exploit the technology for the production of integrated screen printed microsystems of low cost, easy and quick to use.
The company team comprises world class doctors in several fields supported by capable and skilled technicians, as well as a highly qualified Technical Advisory Council. Our expertise in biosensor technology development and technological capabilities in microbiology and molecular biology allows us to offer Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Original Designed Manufacturer (ODM) services.
iMICROQ integrated microsystems technology has multiple commercial applications e.g. food safety and veterinary diagnosis, as well as human clinical diagnostics, environmental control and military industries. Our applications are based on the following characteristics: easy to use, fast, inexpensive, quantitative, reliable, portable and requiring minimal technical expertise.
iMICROQ is UNE-EN ISO 9001 “Quality Management Systems” and UNE 166002 “Management of R+D+i” certified. IMICROQ has collaboration agreements and partnerships with several industrial sectors and specialized research centres, as well as our own R&D facilities (electrochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology BSLII, construction of sensors and microsystems).

If you need more information on our company or you are interested on Horizon 2020 projects please contact us.

iMICROQ has been named as a potential business giant by European Business Awards

23 Oct 2013

iMICROQ has been named as a potential business giant of the future in a newly launched Europe-wide business initiative called ‘They Could Be Giants’.

‘They Could Be Giants’ is a new initiative created by the European Business Awards (EBA) to showcase and monitor early stage companies which have the potential and a ground-breaking product or service to become future business giants in their field.

18 companies from 12 countries have been named today as potential business giants of the future. Hand-picked by EBA researchers and judges, the chosen companies will have a great product or idea and have showed early progress in turning them into a viable business strategy. With big potential these companies could be market changers, however at this stage, they will have it all to do.

European business Awards is an independent Awards programme designed to recognise and promote excellence, best practice and innovation in the European business community.

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iMICROQ participates in the XV European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products

20 Sep 2013

iMICROQ participated in the XV European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products held from 15 to 19 September in Bergamo organized by the Italian delegation of the WPSA.

The conference program focuses on the latest trends in the consumption of poultry products, new methods to determine egg quality, systems to improve the quality of poultry products, process improvements, impact of environmental conditions on product quality and studies on the environmental impact of the processes.


iMICROQ has exhibited the QFast Salmonella Kit during the Congress.

iMICROQ participates in the XVIII Congress of the World Veterinary Poultry Association

21 Aug 2013

iMICROQ participates until 23rd August in the XVIII Congress organized by the World Veterinary Poultry Association & ISPAIA – ZOOPOLE in Nantes.

The Congress, with more than 1200 attendees, is focused in the detection and prevention of diseases, security of poultry products, nutrition and poultry health and quality systems.

Dra. Katia Uliaque has presented the poster entitled “Simplified protocol for the detection of Salmonella in agrifood samples” and the last news of the QFast Salmonella Kit in the session related to the Security of Poultry Products.

iMICROQ participates in the XVIII Congress of the World Veterinary Poultry Association

08 Aug 2013

From 19th to 23rd August it will be celebrated in Nantes the XVIII Congress organized by the World Veterinary Poultry Association and ISPAIA – ZOOPOLE.

iMICROQ participates in the congress presenting the poster entitled “Simplified protocol for the detection of Salmonella in agrifood samples” and presenting the QFast Salmonella Kit.

The Congress is focused in the detection and prevention of diseases, security of poultry products, nutrition and poultry health and quality systems.

The programme of the Congress includes conferences, workshops, technical visits and commercial exhibitions.

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Dr. Joaquim Trias participates as Scientific Advisor in iMICROQ

13 Jun 2013

Dr. Joaquim Trias Puig-Sureda is one of the top names in the American biotech sector. He has helped found different biotechnological companies

He is currently president of the venture capital and bio-pharmaceutical consulting firm JTPS. From 2013 participates in iMICROQ as Scientific Advisor.

iMICROQ has attended JPA 2013

31 May 2013

iMICROQ has attended the Jornadas Profesionales de Avicultura organized by the Real Escuela de Avicultura.

The conference program is structured in four sessions: Poultry Production, Breeding Chicken, the Egg and Egg-Laying. Also, it has been discussed issues such as sustainability in poultry production, the problem of free-range chicken and welfare of birds in the EU.
In the session about pathology of hens, iMICROQ has made ​​a presentation entitled “Innovation in diagnostic techniques. Fast method for Salmonella detection in complex samples
The evaluation of the conference has been very positive, a meeting point to generate synergies between different actors in the poultry sector.

iMICROQ signs a commercialization agreement with Bertin Technologies

28 May 2013

On May 22nd, iMICROQ has signed with Bertin Technologies an agreement to market and commercialize the Coriolis μ Air Sampler.

It is a portable microbial air sampler for indoor and outdoor air bio-contamination monitoring. The equipment concentrates airbone particules in a liquid sample that can be analyzed afterwards through other techniques and equipments as QFast Salmonella. The equipment has been developed to be used in environments as cleanrooms, hospitals, pharmaceutical industries, food industries, farms, offices and even in-house.

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iMICROQ participates in the IV Poultry Health Course

10 May 2013

The 22nd and 23rd May it will be celebrated the IV Poultry Health Course organized by the Centro de Calidad Avícola y Alimentación Animal de la Comunidad de Valencia (CECAV) and the Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera.

iMICROQ participates in the Course making a presentation entitled “Fast Salmonella determination method” and presenting the QFast Salmonella Kit.

The fourth edition of the Poultry Health Course is focused on Diagnosis and Prevention tools. During the course were held conferences on quality systems, diagnostics, epidemiology and environmental control. Also it will be conducted workshops on poultry necropsies and embriodiagnostics.

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iMICROQ & LAYMATEC sign a distribution agreement of QFast in emerging countries

09 May 2013

iMICROQ & LAYMATEC have signed an agreement whereby Laymatec, given his experience in international markets, will distribute QFast platform in emerging countries.

The agreement is based on the distribution, sale and technical support of QFast detection and identification system of pathogenic agents in emerging countries.

The sectors considered in this agreement are poultry industry, cosmetics, pulp and paper, raw materials, food processing and water.

Initially, target countries of this agreement, with significant growth potential, are:

• Russia
• Kazakhstan
• Turkey
• Middle East (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt)
• Morocco

iMICROQ and LAYMATEC have signed a collaboration agreement

08 May 2013

iMICROQ and LAYMATEC are working together on different projects mainly oriented on R&D projects oriented to give complementary solutions of common interest in the area of ​​physical-chemical and microbiological analysis, especially in poultry, cosmetics, pulp and paper, raw materials, food processing and water.

Both companies have signed a collaboration agreement for microbiology analytical services and physical-chemical parameters, with the resources and infrastructure of LAYMATEC in geographical areas where iMicroQ operates directly. Thus, iMicroQ expands its portfolio of services to offer to its customers a comprehensive analytical service using QFAST platform and offering the traditional analytical method.

In a complementary manner, the agreement includes analytical services of physicochemical parameters for other projects that require solutions “tailored” to meet the needs and challenges that each iMicroQ client may have.

iMICROQ achieves an investment agreement to fund the industrialization and commercialization of the Kit QFast Salmonella

03 May 2013

On April 17, 2013, iMICROQ signed the new associate agreement and capital increase to finance the development of its business.

”la Caixa”, through its venture capital agency, Caixa Capital Risc, has led an investment of 1.1 million euros in iMICROQ. The financial entity has made the investment thought its fund specialized in biotechnology and medical technologies, Caixa Capital BioMed.

In addition, a group of business angels with experience in international business development have joined the investment round.

This round of investment is aimed for accelerating international validation activities, industrial and production tests to start the international commercialization of the kit for rapid detection of Salmonella spp (QFast Salmonella).

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iMICROQ participates in JPA 2013

15 Apr 2013

iMICROQ participates in the Jornadas Profesionales de Avicultura (JPA 2013) organized by the Real Escuela de Avicultura in Leon from 28th to 31st May.

The congress is divided into four blocks, differentiating between poultry production and egg-laying. It will be covered different topics such as nutrition, pathology, reproduction and incubation, sustainable production systems, industry-specific issues and trends on the welfare of poultry.

In the course of the congress, iMICROQ will made a presentation entitled Innovation in diagnostic techniques. A revolutionary approach of farm-level diagnostic: analytical micro-technology for recognition of poultry pathogen bacterial microorganisms.

iMICROQ visits FIGAN 2013

21 Mar 2013

iMicroQ has visited the Salón Internacional de Producción Ganadera (FIGAN) 2013, where major international agricultural companies presented the latest technological innovations and business solutions designed to enhance the development of livestock activities and face the future of the market and industry.

A total of 836 exhibitors from twenty-five countries presented their latest developments in the eleventh edition of the Feria Internacional de la Producción Animal, that takes place from 19th to 22nd March.

The iMICROQ delegation has visited FIGAN exhibitors presenting the future market launch of  the QFast Salmonella Kit, that allows an easy, fast and reliable determination of the presence or absence of Salmonella spp in primary production environments, environmental samples, eggs, meat products, animal feed and raw materials.


IMICROQ awarded with the 1st Opinno Biotech Competition

27 Oct 2011

IMICROQ won the 1st edition of the Competition Opinno Biotech. It has also taken part as a participating company in the Investment Forum, organized in partnership with MIT Enterprise Forum. This Forum has brought together prominent business projects and a select group of venture capital investors specialised in green technologies, biotechnology / nanotechnology, as well as information and communication technologies.

EmTech is the biggest event of the Annual Technology Review, the most prestigious publication of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). For the first time, this meeting, held for 12 years in Boston, had a replica in Europe. EmTech Spain arrives to Spain (26-27 October, Malaga), to bring together business leaders, the most important researchers and technologists, as well as the most innovative entrepreneurs to share knowledge.

Within the framework of the MIT conference EmTech Spain, innovative ideas and important projects of young Spanish scientists have been awarded casino online through the Opinno Biotech Competition sponsored by Genome Spain and Zeltia. Thus, this competition has selected the works that have develop new technologies or new applications for existing technologies, and that represent an advance in the field of biotechnology. In addition, all participants have benefited from an Elevator Pitch to a wide number of investors, MIT academics, trend leaders, media, etc..
The selected projects have been 25 in total, of which 5 have been finalists:

  • AlphaSip: company expert in the development of medical diagnostic chips, focusing its technology in the fields of haematology and cardiovascular disease. The company”s main landmark is a home-used monitoring device oriented to patients treated with oral anticoagulants.
  • Ambiox Biotech: spin-off from the University of Alcala de Henares and the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid. It specializes in nanotechnology innovation and its application in the biomedicine field. Its present main objective is to stop the impact of AIDS on society with a topical gel.
  • Biotech Hesperides Group S.L: first EBT at the University Pablo de Olavide. It focuses on developing innovative food and beverage from biotechnological transformation of fruits, juices, milk, etc.
  • IMICROQ, Integrated Microsystems for Quality of Life S.L.
  • MicruX: start-up focused on the development and commercialization of microchip capillary electrophoresis (based on lab-on-a-Chip technology), as well as instrumentation and applications for different sectors of society.

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29 Jun 2011

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Gallery: Control of Salmonella

27 May 2011

The 22nd of June 2011 took place the technical workshop “Control of Salmonella: future prospects: legislation and analytical techniques” organized by IMICROQ, the Aragon and Catalonia Aviary Sanitary Centre (CESAC) and the Research Centre ATIC, University Rovira i Virgili. This event was sponsored by ACC10, Agency for the Support of the Competitiveness of the Catalan Business; ITPSA S.A.: HIPRA; S.P. Veterinary S.A. Adiveter S.L.; ESTEVE Pharmaceutical Group; Anorsa S.A. y Scharlab S.L.




Genoma España selects us

16 May 2011

IMICROQ technology has been selected by Genoma España for its INNOCASH program, for the development bet online casinos of technical dossier, as a high economic potential proposal.

The best business plan

11 Apr 2011

Recognition of the best business plan
El plan de negocios de IMICROQ ha sido premiado por:

  • the Tarragona City Council as the best business plan (2009),
  • the Reus City Council, Redessa award, as the best business plan (2010),
  • the Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Activa, with the 2nd prize of Bio-entrepreneurs S.XXI.

These resources have been invested in the company.

Salmonella Detection Kit

11 Apr 2011

General Characteristics:

  • Electrochemical detection of absence/presence in a quantitative way.
  • Expected LOD of 1 UFC/25 g of initial sample.
  • Total time of detection, once the sample is taken, of less than 14 hours.
  • Objective world-wide market in agri-food security of 2.400 M€/year.

IMICROQ specializes in the development of a rapid detection kit, for the quantitative detection of Salmonella that would reduce the total time of detection since the sample is taken until there is a reliable measurement, thus focus on the manufacturing line.

Once validated this detection kit, thus compared to the reference method ISO 6579:2002, an AFNOR and/or AOAC certification will be sought.

The kits portfolio for the food industry will be complemented with the detection of Campylobacter, as well as PCR products for the serotyping of Campylobacter and Salmonella and other bacteria, thus having a multidetection pathogen platform.