Development of Monoclonal Antibodies and Rapid Lateral Flow Test Kit for the Specific Detection of Streptococcus agalactiae

Streptococcus agalactiae (S. agalactiae) is a worldwide-distributed bacterium. It is a major infectious agent to humans, cattle and aquatic animals. The outbreak and prevalence of S. agalactiae in aquaculture has been reported in different countries as one of the major causes of mortality leading to serious economic losses and threatening the sound development of aquaculture. The current methods for detection of S. agalactiae are time-consuming and require specific equipment and technical training. Therefore we will develop a diagnostic test for the simple, rapid and early detection of the disease caused by S. agalactiae in aquaculture. The antibody-based test will provide an answer within seconds. This test will facilitate the breaking of Artron Bioresearch into the fish-industry market and will position Artron as a successful and reliable company for the development of diagnostic tests for aquaculture. The growth of Artron will in turn create more employment opportunities in the biotechnology sector.

Faculty Supervisor:

Horacio Bach


Maria de Lourdes Vallejo Espi





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