Elastic light scattering for low cost and non-destructive clinical pathogens identification
LUMINT will be an innovative tool using light scattering technology and AI to identify pathogens rapidly. A successful proof of concept has already been conducted, based on analysis in the lab of 10 frequent bacteria species. The LUMINT@CLINICS project aims to translate the tool to the clinical level.
In the modern world, bacteria and viruses resistant to antimicrobials are an increasing problem. When it comes to identifying rapidly multiplying bacteria, time is of the essence. The identification of bacteria is crucial for optimal therapy, and speedy and reliable diagnostics are at the heart of the fight against resistant superbugs.
The team consists of experts in fields of clinical microbiology, bioimaging and biomedical optics, diagnosis, and machine learning. The partners of the project are Ghent University, Assistance Publique -Hopitaux De Paris and Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission.
LUMINT is being developed as an innovative bacteria identification tool based on elastic light scattering technology and artificial intelligence (AI). When a cell is illuminated, it scatters light in a specific pattern. Elastic light scattering technology can be used to illuminate cells, and AI makes it possible to identify and compare the resulting light patterns. This can allow for faster identification of bacteria.
LUMINT will enter the microbiology analysis sector with the ability to compete with Maldi-TOF Mass spectrometry analysers by offering a low-cost, non-destructive and high performance solution.
The LUMINT solution can potentially have a huge impact on the organisation of microbiology labs. To be successful, the tool must be convincing in comparison with the current gold standards. To this end, the project will establish a communication and dissemination plan, based in particular on the expected organisational impact, the identified assets and barriers to adoption. In addition, the project will explore the opportunity, with other EIT Health projects, to establish and design a dedicated training programme on the use of artificial intelligence for diagnostics.
LUMINT will revolutionise processes at microbiological labs, as it will perform faster, non-destructive, fully automated analysis – and facilitate chain identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing. Healthcare professionals benefit from an improved ability to detect bacteria quickly, and patients and society will benefit from the resulting reduction in the spread of diseases.
Why this is an EIT Health project
This project is in keeping with th EIT Health Focus Area of improving “Care Pathways”, because it promises more rapid identification of a health threat, thereby allowing for better prevention and improved medical care.
Partner classification: Research, Tech Transfer, Clusters, Other NGOs
Partner type: Core Partner
The CEA is a public organisation,leader in research, development and innovation, active in 4 main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and technologies for health, promoting the transfer from research to industry.
CEA, 25 Rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris, France
Key Activities in Business Creation
Incubation, Technology Transfer
Partner classification: Tech Transfer, Clusters, Other NGOs, Hospital / University Hospital
Partner type: Core Partner
We are a teaching hospital with a European dimension globally recognized. Our 39 hospitals attended each year 8 million sick people: consultation in emergency hospitalizations during scheduled or home hospitalization. We provide a public health service for all, 24/24, and it is for us both a duty and pride.
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, 1 Avenue Claude Vellefaux, 75010 Paris, France
Partner classification: Education, Research
Ghent University is one of the major Belgian universities with over 41,000 students. Our motto "Dare to Think" reflects the world class research and innovation that underpins our healthy ageing programme spanning 8 of our 11 faculties.
Ghent University, Bollebergen 2, 9052 Gent, Belgium