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Environmentally friendly Alternative to Revolutionise the use of formaldehyde in The Histopathology (human tissue) fixative market.

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 Coordinator Country Ireland [IE]
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 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Climate action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-03-01   to  2018-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    SEROSEP LIMITED IE (ANNACOTTY LIMERICK) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

Environmentally friendly Alternative to Revolutionise the use of formaldehyde in The Histopathology (human tissue) fixative market. The present: The microscopic examination of tissue in order to study the manifestations of disease is the science known as histopathology. Human tissue biopsy samples are taken every day in hospitals around the world and ‘fixed’ in a formaldehyde solution fixative, known as Formalin.

The problem: Healthcare workers globally are exposed to formaldehyde for 8 hours a day on a daily basis. Formaldehyde is classified as a hazardous substance.1. Daily, formaldehyde is first used in the operation theatres for preservation of tissue/biopsy tissue samples, which are then transported to the analytical laboratories, where, the second use of formaldehyde in the tissue fixation for microscopic examination occurs.

Personnel exposure and the subsequent waste disposal are major issues. The European Chemicals Agency has classified Formaldehyde as a Class 1b carcinogen: EC number: 200-001-8 CAS number: 50-00-02. Formaldehyde use is regulated by the Carcinogens Directive in EU workplaces, exposure levels have been reduced from 4ppm to 0.4ppm over an 8h period and 2ppm to 0.2ppm for a 15min period3, the rationale behind this proposal is for alternatives to formaldehyde to be found. T he business opportunity: Serosep Ltd., a SME presents Fixocare®, a fixative formulation made from natural products as a solution, which it plans to introduce to the histopathology community as a safe alternative to formaldehyde solutions.

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