FORMILK - Innovative technology for the detection of enzyme activity in milk


The project FORMILK is financially supported by European Commission under the programme H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015. It is focused on the development of novel methods of detection of activity of proteases important for milk industry and for lactate-free diet. Several academic institutions and SMEs are involved in the research, development and validation: Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia (the co-ordinator); University College Dublin, Ireland; Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Budapest, Hungary; University of Toronto, Canada; University of California San Diego, USA; Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National laboratory, USA; Powertec s.r.o., Bratislava, Slovakia; Sonas Technologies, Ltd, Dublin, Ireland; Crosscare, Ltd, Dublin, Ireland; Hungarian Dairy Research Institute, Ltd, Mosonmagyarovar, Hungary. The main focus is on application of ultrasound spectroscopy, surface acoustic and electrochemical methods involving nanofabricated surfaces for detection of protease activity in volume and at the surfaces. The output of the project will be the novel analytical assays applicable in dairy farms and analytical laboratories, staff exchange between academic institutions and SME, training of the students in novel analytical methods and sensor developments in a world leading laboratories in EU, USA and Canada. The organisation of training schools, workshops and conferences are among priorities of this project.