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Since 1994 Tecna develops, validates, produces and commercializes screening test kits for the detection of chemical contaminants in food and feed

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TECNA Company presentation

  1. 1. COMPANY PRESENTATION
  2. 2. In the very centre of Europe, Tecna is situated in the prestigious scientific park of Area Science Park, Trieste.
  3. 3. The Consortium that manages and promotes the Area Scientific Research and Technology of Trieste has been noted by MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research) in 2005, as first degree National Public Research Body and as reference point of technology transfer for Italy. Area Science Park is the eldest scientific park in Italy. It hosts around 90 companies for an overall amount of 2,400 scientists.
  4. 4. In Area Science Park, Tecna has modern laboratories for R&D and kit production, warehouses and offices.
  5. 5. In the beginning, the main activity was focused on methods for the detection of drug residues in food. Since 2000, the company has been developing a wide range of test kits for the detection of mycotoxins, while in the last few years the R&D team started developing diagnostic screening tools for allergens. Tecna has more than 20 years of experience in the food diagnostic field and is a major player in its domestic market.
  6. 6. Evolution of technologies that have been adopted to fulfil different analytical needs.
  7. 7. OUR TEAM
  8. 8. ORGANIZATIONAL CHART SALES R&D PRODUCTION ADMINISTRATION
  9. 9. A number of global companies have already chosen to partner with Tecna. In the course of time, the company has developed a worldwide distribution network for its products.
  10. 10. 2002 Chloramphenicol in imported shrimps form Eastern Asia Clenbuterol in pig meat (China) 2012 Aflatoxin M1 crisis in Northern Italy and in Serbia 2015 High levels of deoxynivalenol in Europe and US 2014 1999 Belgium dioxins scandal FOOD SAFETY CASES (chemical contam.) 2011 Germany-The Netherlands dioxins egg scandal Aflatoxin M1 crisis in China 1989 Sulphamethazine In Parma ham exported to USAl Clenbuterol in bovine meat (Italy, Spain) 1991-1992 Aflatoxin M1 crisis in Northern Italy 2003 Nitrofuran metabolites In pork meat (southern Europe) 2004 2008 Melamine in infant formula China Ireland dioxins scandal Aflatoxin M1 in Northern Italy Antibiotics in China and India honey 2010
  11. 11. 1994 Tecna was founded - main activity focused on ELISA kits for hormones and banned veterinary drugs 1998 Tecna starts Progetto Trieste, P r o f i c i e n c y T e s t f o r veterinary drug residues 2000 Production releases more than 2000 kits 2001 “ N e w p a r a m a g n e t i c particles, surface activation and modification chemistry of nucleic acids (CHEMAG)” EU project ISO 9001 certification R&D team develops I’screen AFLA M1 2003 Aflatoxin M1 crisis boosts Tecna business 2005 Tecna requires more room and moves into new laboratories 2006 First release of a FAST ELISA test kit of Celer® line 2007 Tecna starts the development of broad-range assays for tetracyclines and sulfonamides 2010 R&D team starts working on first lateral flow devices for mycotoxins 2011 Progetto Trieste is sold to Test Veritas R & D t e a m releases the first B ZERO® test kit for DON 2014 20 years of activity 2009 Tecna starts working on allergens Collaborative projects start with University of Parma - modified mycotoxins, and with B e l f a s t Q u e e n ’ s University - multiplex ELISA. OUR HISTORY 25 person, activity enlarged onto mycotoxins, drugs, allergens and other contaminants Production volume: > 10.000 ELISA kits
  12. 12. OUR MISSION Tecna develops, produces and supplies diagnostic test kits for the analysis of chemical contaminants in food and feedstuffs. Furthermore, Tecna offers a range of instruments and services. Thanks to its highly specialized technical expertise, Tecna succeeds in meeting customers’ demands with targeted products. The employment of the best available scientific and technological resources allows the company to meet the shifting market demands.
  13. 13. OUR CLIENTELE FARMS and BREEDING FARMS MILLS and WAREHOUSE FOOD and FEED INDUSTRIES LABORATORIES UNIVERSITIES and RESEARCH INSTITUTES
  14. 14. OUR CLIENTELE FARMS and BREEDING FARMS EARLY CONTROL q  FASTNESS q  EASE OF USE q  RELIABILITY q  ALMOST QUALITATIVE RESULTS DIFFERENT CONTRACTS, DIFFERENT NEEDS in TERMS OF CUT-OFF
  15. 15. OUR CLIENTELE MILLS and WAREHOUSE INTERMEDIATE CONTROL q  FASTNESS q  EASE OF USE q  RELIABILITY q  SPECIFICITY and SENSITIVITY DIFFERENT CONTRACTS, DIFFERENT NEEDS in TERMS OF CUT-OFF DIFFERENT PRIORITIES, DIFFERENT ANALYTICAL THROUGHPUT
  16. 16. B ZERO®Common ELISA When routine analysis involves 3 samples, the average expence per session is 20 wells. One 96 wells kit can be used 4 times. Avoiding the calibration, it is possible to spend 4 wells for the analysis of 3 samples. One 96 wells kit can be used 24 times. Sample quantification is obtained by means of batch-related master-curves.
  17. 17. OUR CLIENTELE FOOD and FEED INDUSTRIES QUALITY CONTROL of INCOMING GOODS (and OUTCOMING PRODUCTS) q  EASE OF USE q  RELIABILITY q  SPECIFICITY and SENSITIVITY q  FLEXIBILITY Industries are still mainly d e m a n d i n g a n a l y s i s t o specialized laboratories through contracts including sample collection and sometimes even sampling.
  18. 18. OUR CLIENTELE LABORATORIES PRIVATE LABORATORIES have contracts with food i n d u s t r i e s . T h e y n e e d screening test kits for high throughput analysis, with suitable cut-off and high specificity. P U B L I C L A B O R A T O R I E S perform official controls according to national plans plus a certain number of extra-plan analysis for surveys, case investigations and R&D purposes. They need flexibility, reliability, robustness, specificity, s e n s i t i v i t y a n d g o o d accuracy and precision.
  19. 19. ELISA TEST KITS PORT-FOLIO Natural toxins Drug residues & hormones Allergens Melamine, histamine Species markers
  20. 20. APPLICABILITY
  21. 21. ELISA VALIDATION Kits for drug residues have been validated according to EU 657/2002 EU in order to set the proper CCβ, to verify the precision and specificity and to verify the assay robustness. Until 2014 no guidelines were available for mycotoxins screening tools. A validation protocol has always been implemented in order to study the matrix effect, the sensitivity (LOQ), the accuracy, the precision and the robustness of the assay. Although the 519/2014 EU is a step forward, it has not been considered that end-users expect the screening kits to be quantitative.
  22. 22. UNIVERSITIES and RESEARCH INSTITUTES ACTIVE COLLABORATIONS to GET NEW TECHNOLOGIES, NEW REAGENTS, NEW IDEAS
  23. 23. R&D and FUTURE PERSPECTIVES Giving value to each sample means being able to detect m o r e t h a n o n e s i n g l e contaminant at a time. Multiplex screening tools could be a way for proper risk management ü  Good performances ü  Cost effectiveness ü  Flexibility
  24. 24. QUALITATIVE and QUANTITATIVE RAPID METHODS # Little training # A few accessories # Low expence # High speed MICROPLATE ASSAYS # 2 days training # A few accessories # Reasonable expence # Results in less than one hour # New formats availble for running a few samples INSTRUMENTAL METHODS # Highly specialized personell # Lab equipments # High expence # Long time for results BIOASSAY # High training # Cell culture lab equipment # High expence PLANAR ARRAYS # 2 days training # Medium expence # Results in less than two hours # High flexibility
  25. 25. www.tecnalab.com

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