Belfast-based company develops portable food testing solution

Bia Analytical Ltd. signs agreement with trinamiX GmbH to develop portable testing solution for food



4 August 2023

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Bia Analytical Ltd has launched a new initiative to take testing out of the lab and into the supply chain.

The Belfast-based company recently signed a head of terms agreement to partner with TrinamiX GmbH to develop a ground-breaking new solution that will offer customers a rapid portable authenticity result at the point of sampling,

TrinamiX is a leading provider of mobile Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy solutions. The German-based company works closely with partners from different fields to introduce on-the-spot material analysis for enhanced decision making across industries.

Meanwhile, Bia Analytical Ltd. develop methods using chemometric modelling and AI applications to help reduce food business’ exposure to the risk of food fraud. Such solutions are fast becoming the preferred methods to reliably detect economically motivated adulteration.

“We are thrilled to team up with Bia Analytical to unleash the full potential of mobile NIR spectroscopy in yet another exciting industry,” said Christian Nitschke, director IR Sensing & Spectroscopy Solutions Business at TrinamiX. “Our partnership is a great example of how our leading handheld NIR technology and software ecosystem are paired with extensive industry know-how and market access to create a true impact.”

Combining both Bia Analytical and trinamiX core competencies to develop an innovative solution, will allow clients to test ingredients and receive immediate results, enabling real-time key decision making. As easy as pushing a button, users carry out tests with a handheld device that is connected to an intuitive app for fast results. This authenticity testing solution will be especially useful in detecting food fraud at the point of sampling.

“I am very excited about this partnership, I have worked in the area of food authenticity for many years and see this as a huge step forward in our ongoing fight against food fraud,” said Dr Terry McGrath, chief technical officer. “Together with our shared expertise, we are moving food authenticity testing out of the laboratory into the supply chain, allowing faster decisions to be made in real-time.”

Currently Bia Analytical is also digitising its portfolio of lab-based herbs and spices authenticity methods to work on the TrinamiX portable platform. “This fusion of know-how will soon become an immensely disruptive technology to aid in the fight against food fraud,” the company said.



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