DeepVerge is establishing a centre of excellence in Fermoy, Co Cork, for the real-time detection of dangerous pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, in water and wastewater systems.
London Stock Exchange-listed DeepVerge is to generate 60 new jobs through the expansion of its Rinocloud data and technology division into Moorepark Technology Centre in Fermoy, Cork.
The facility includes laboratory and engineering production units that will establish a European centre of excellence for real-time detection of multiple dangerous pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, in water and wastewater systems.
“This EU facility expands DeepVerge’s capability to design, produce and assemble instruments on two continents, detecting and monitoring current and future outbreaks of Covid-19”
The enlarged Artificial Intelligence centre will also facilitate the research, development and assembly of Rinoclouds’ patent pending optofluidic rigs in order to meet immediate and local demand for infrastructural installations of real-time SARS-CoV-2 detection in Ireland and across Europe in wastewater. High-skilled roles include epidemiologists, physicists and data scientists.
“For five years, Rinocloud has been a driving innovator in real-time detection of dangerous pathogens such as E.Coli, in drinking water through its RAWTest program, partly funded by the Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland,” explained Gerry Brandon, CEO of DeepVerge.
“Following on from the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed with China Resources and the York, UK, laboratories, this EU facility expands DeepVerge’s capability to design, produce and assemble instruments on two continents, playing a key role in Ireland, UK and Europe, detecting and monitoring current and future outbreaks of Covid-19.”
In March the European Union Commission published recommendations on the systematic surveillance of COVID and in wastewater and on Friday (30 April) the Irish government announced their plan to follow this recommendation and begin testing wastewater to detect SARS-CoV-2 levels in the community.
The Rinocloud AI-based data solutions have been adapted and installed into DeepVerge’s environmental division Microtox and Microtrace units. These units were originally designed to detect, but not identify in real-time, up to 2,700 contaminants in water. The units now include the ability to immediately identify SARS-CoV-2 contaminants in wastewater.
By John Kennedy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Published: 10 May 2021