The RADAR consortium met at RIKILT, the food safety institute at Wageningen and host institution to Willem Haasnoot. The good progress made in development of the assays required to detect endocrine disrupting compounds in water-based samples was outlined and we were all able to go into the laboratory and see the detector module of the RADAR instrument in action.
An important part of the development of the RADAR instrument is the linking of the biosensor-based detector function (above) with a sample preconcentrator module that makes field-based detection of the compounds in environmental samples feasible without having to return to the laboratory. We were also able to test the sample concentration unit in preparation for the next stage of the project- testing of real-life environmental samples in WP5.
This meeting was exciting for the WP6 team as it provided a focus for the exploitation and commercialisation component of the RADAR project and a very productive group session generated many ideas and application areas for consideration. A hands-on demonstration certainly highlights the progress and coming together of the science and technology into a functioning prototype instrument.