MARIABOX Consortium includes the following partners:
CYRIC (Coordinator) is a Center of Excellence in the fields of Applied Research and offers Research and Innovation Services for its customers in order to help them improve their competitive position in the market. CYRIC’s experience expands to product design and prototype development, wireless sensor technologies, industrial and field measurements, mechatronics, 3D rapid prototyping, FEM/CFD Analysis, embedded system controllers, image analysis programming-control systems, software development, instrument calibration as well as material / product conformity testing and filling. CYRIC is housed in 1000sqm with cutting edge equipment including a state of the art electronics & systems integration lab, a fully equipped machine shop for prototype and machine development, a large range of testing and calibration equipment, 3D rapid prototyping machine and scanner, software packages: 3D Design, FEM, CFD analysis etc. CYRIC personnel expertise accumulates vast experiences in Research and Innovation projects with participation in more than 30 funded R&D projects worth over 40 million Euros. Currently CyRIC coordinates three FP7 projects with budget over 10 million Euros, participates in additional three as a partner and executes numerous assigned projects for the industry.
ACORDE is a telecommunications company specialized in the development of RF equipments, satellite communications systems, monitoring & control integrated systems and location & positioning systems.
ACORDE has wide experience not only in product engineering activities but also in R&D projects, usually assuming the HW/RF designer and manufacturer role. ACORDE manufactures prototypes and develops proprietary solutions to control and monitor integrated systems, providing electronic systems for communications and data capture, and the software for monitoring and control applications. ACORDE provides several solutions like RFID, data loggers, data recorders or Wireless Sensor Networks, optimized both in cost and energy consumption, through ZigBee, Bluetooth, 6LowPan, etc. technologies and/or custom ISM/IMC band networks.
SmartBay Ireland is responsible for the establishment and development of a National Research, Test and Demonstration facility to support the application and translation of research and to provide platforms for the testing and demonstration of new technologies and solutions in the Marine and related sectors.
SporeGen is a small ‘spin out’ from the Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) UK. The company has investment from the Middle East and has two interests. First, the development of heat-stable mucosal vaccines using Bacillus spores as a delivery vehicle and adjuvant. Second, development of bacterial spores as food and feed supplements. The vaccine work is focused on three disease, Clostridium difficile, Tuberculosis and influenza. The use of spores as food/feed supplements is focused mostly on the development of improved strains, GRAS certifications, safety evaluations and consultancy. SporeGen™ has, and is, working with a number of companies including PATH, Protexin, NG Biotech and have licensed a number of bacterial strains for commercial use. SporeGen operates from the Bourne Labs at the RHUL and was founded by Professor Simon M. Cutting who is a leading expert in the field of Bacillus probiotics and the use of spores as vaccines. Prof. Cutting consults for a number of major companies in the pharmaceutical and food industry and coordinated the EC FP7 project COLOSPORE (KBBE-2007-2079480) that identified and characterised the pigmented, carotenoid-producing Bacilli to be used in this project. Prof. Cutting has previously coordinated four EU projects in FP4 (BIO-CT-960-439), FP6 (LSH-2005-036871 & BIO-CT-960-439) and FP7 (FP7-KBBE-2007-207948) and so is conversant in EC procedures.
Kontor 46 is an SME as a University spin-off company.
Its business area is in high tech hardware and software developments. Kontor 46 is currently working mainly in Human- Machine Interfaces, Safety for Robotics, and Biomedical Devices Ergonomics. ISO standards implementation. Kontor 46 is responsible for software application development, data analysis and quality framework and algorhythms, testing and evaluation procedures, Dissemination and Exploitation, promotion of the new developed technology to possible standard procedure.
Dr. D’Auria is a senior scientist of the Italian National Research Council and Head of the Laboratory for Molecular Sensing at the CNR Institute of Protein Biochemistry, Naples, Italy. The mission of Dr. D’Auria’s laboratory is to develop and apply advanced luminescence methodologies and optical measurements to solve questions of biochemical and medical interests. D’Auria’s lab is equipped with state-of-art instrumentations for investigating biological interactions by means of FRET, time-resolved FRET, fluorescence polarization, anisotropy decays, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy for single molecule detection, surface plasmon resonance (Biacore), circular dichroism in the far- and near-UV regions, stopped-flow methodologies, metal enhanced fluorescence. In addition, he has established core collaborations at national and international levels in the fields of bioinformatics, AFM, linear spectroscopy, material engineering, and nanotechnology enabling all fields of research to be facilitated. The D’Auria lab is also active in the use of fluorescence to quantify structural features of biological molecules at the nano scale, and, consequently, to design advanced optical biochips, Lab-on-Chip, or just simple disposable biosensors for analyses of high social interest. This capability in biophysical methodologies together with expertise in protein biochemistry, molecular genetics and microbiology allows the lab to address cutting-edge biochemical questions as well as to collaborate with biotechnological requests from SMEs and public institutions.
The University of Naples Federico II was established in 1224 by Frederick II Hohenstaufen, King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor, and was the first publicly funded University in Europe. Today the University offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines, leading to 155 graduate level degrees with 97,000 enrolled students and 1,800 professors. The Department of Biology groups researchers working in all biological fields. Since 2005 most of the members of the Department of Biology are located in the Monte Sant’Angelo campus together with the Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry Departments. The research activities of the Department range from fundamental aspects of the biology of microbes, plants and animals to biotechnology. The Department has state-of-the-art facilities to perform modern research in most biological fields. Within the Department of Biology the group of prof. Ricca (MariaBox partner) has long focused on spore forming bacteria, studying the spore surface structures and using spores as drug delivery vehicles and probiotics. A more recent scientific interest of the group is the development of novel biosensors, based on functionalized bacterial molecules able to efficiently and specifically recognize chemical pollutants.
The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is an environmental research organisation committed to research, monitoring, assessment and studies on freshwater, coastal and marine environments in addition to environmental technology. Our key areas of work include environmental contaminants, biodiversity and climate related issues.
Ateknea Solutions provides business and technological excellence to small and medium-sized enterprises to develop their ideas into profitable innovative solutions. By operating at a European level for over 15 years, Ateknea aims to assist SMEs in transforming their ideas into real marketable products and services for their success. Ateknea Solutions relies on the engineering and scientific solutions developed by more 100 research engineers and scientists, and 30 PhDs covering a wide range of knowledge areas. By offering tailor-made services for innovation, such as project management, business development and fundraising; the company is also leader in its field throughout the European Union: more than 170 innovation projects signed, more than 600 SMEs involved and more than 25 European countries represented. Nowadays, Ateknea Solutions offers its technological capacities and business approach in five different locations: Western Europe (Barcelona Office, Lisbon Delegation), Central Europe (Brussels Office), Eastern Europe (Budapest Office), Northern Europe (Krakow Office) and Southern Europe (Valetta Office).
CSIC is the largest public institution devoted to research in Spain and the third in Europe. The Institute of Marine Science belongs to the CSIC’s Natural Resources Area and is the largest marine research center in Spain and one of the most important in the Mediterranean region. It is entirely devoted to the study of oceans and seas. The Institute’s long experience and a team of over 200 specialists in different fields of oceanographic research (physics, chemistry, geology and biology) give the ICM a broad vision of the marine ecosystem, and the ability to assess changes and human impacts on the environment and seek appropriate solutions.
The ICM is constituted by four departments:
1.Marine Biology and Oceanography
3.Physical and Technological Oceanography
4.Renewable Marine Resources that is placed in the same building than the Unit of Marine Technology, which operates research oceanographic vessels for coastal and ocean studies.
The ICM has participated in a large number of research projects funded by the European Community (39 in the last 5 years) related to oceanography in the Mediterranean Sea and other areas, of which 10 have been coordinated from within CSIC. The main research area of ICM scientists involved in MARIABOX is the environmental characterization and monitoring of the coastal ecosystem for management porposes and the study of toxic plantkon in coastal waters of the Northwestern Mediterranean. The group is playing a central role in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, in coastal waters, and also in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive groups with the information generated in different coastal time-series stations.
SignalGeneriX Ltd is a Cypriot R&D company doing cutting edge research and development in the fields of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Communications. SignalGeneriX was formed in Cyprus in 2004, following decades of industrial experience and technical consulting mainly in the UK. The company is based in Limassol but operates as expert providers of DSP and Communications technologies realised both in hardware and software for a wide network of clients and collaborators throughout Europe.
We are creatively using our expertise to develop state-of-the-art solutions and add value to our clients’ products and processes through the development of strong Intellectual Property. SignalGeneriX highly competent team of researchers and engineers is working closely with our clients assisting them in every step of the development so as to turn great ideas to innovative electronic products. SignalGeneriX has established a solid reputation for providing breakthrough thinking and innovative solutions to the industry and we are proud that our client and collaborator network include some of the world’s top industrial players and academic institutions.
The Marine and Environmental Sensing Technology Hub (MESTECH) in the School of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University is a flagship centre of expertise focused upon the development of innovative approaches to marine sensing and communication technologies. The MESTECH team brings together world-class researchers in DCU with expertise in biosensors, analytical and materials science, engineering, anti-fouling technologies, visual sensing and image processing for the development of integrated monitoring solutions for the marine environment. The prototype technologies under development at MESTECH are designed to enable the collection of continuous measurements in real time. The group currently consists of electrochemical, industrial and materials chemists with expertise in surface science techniques (AFM, TEM, FESEM, SEM, contact angle, profilometry, elipsometry, interferometry, plasma and photolithography techniques etc.), optical physicists with expertise in optical sensor development, mechanical engineers with expertise in systems integration, machine programming and sensor development, computer scientists with expertise in machine learning and data analytics, and postdoctoral researchers with direct expertise in antifouling material development, characterisation of AF material performance (in laboratory-based assays and in field testing of materials), microbial and algal culture techniques and biological characterisation techniques (fluorescence microscopy techniques, CLSM and epifluorescence). In the School of Biotechnology, Applied Biochemistry group led by Prof. Richard O’Kennedy, with Dr Caroline Murphy in the MariaBox project, the main focus of the group’s research is towards production, characterisation and application of polyclonal, monoclonal, and genetically derived antibodies towards various haptens and recombinant proteins. There is also a large emphasis towards the application of these antibodies on surface plasmon resonance-based biosensors. DCU are research coordinators of the SmartBay Ireland project under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI VI). This involves many marine ICT projects including marine renewables. Other successful industry collaborative projects in marine ICT that include sensor development, modelling, data collection and marine deployments.
(1)Beaufort Marine Research awards in Sensors and Communications Technology, 2007-2015.
(2)ATWARM, Marie Curie training network (2009-2014).
(3)FP7 Oceans of Tomorrow MariaBox project.
Ministry of agriculture, natural resources and environment of Cyprus. Over the years, the Department developed activities in multidisciplinary fields, concerning the sustainable use of marine resources, the development and sound management of fisheries and aquaculture, the marine ecology, the protection of endangered species and habitats, physical and chemical oceanography, and the prevention and combat of marine pollution. Furthermore, within the framework of the fisheries development, the Department promotes supporting programmes to the fishermen including, inter alia, the construction of fishing shelters. It is also responsible for the enforcement of the relative Legislation. A fishing monitoring center has been established and the fisheries inspectorate of the Department was further strengthened in order to enforce the European Common Fisheries Policy. The Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) through satellite has been installed and is in operation since the beginning of 2004. All fishing vessels over 15 m length are already equipped with the facility to locate their exact fishing position. This action is taken in order to control illegal fishing.
The construction, improvement and maintenance of fishing shelters are among the major activities of the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research. There are ten fishing shelters in operation- at Ayia Triada, Paralimni, Ayia Napa, Potamos Liopetriou, Xylophagou, Ormidhia, Larnaca, Agios Georgios Pegeias, Pomos and Pyrgos. Fishing vessels are also harboured at Latsi and in the ports of Paphos,Limassol and Larnaca.