30th March 2021 Product update: rapidvirology staff writer
Coliphage Test Kit Provider is Certified for Positivity
Bluephage, a biotech company that provide test kits to detect bacteriophages in water as an indicator of poor water quality, has been awarded B Corp certification for its compliance with the highest standards in terms of social and environmental performance, transparency, and corporate responsibility.
The B Corporations (or B Corps) lead a global movement of people who use the power of business to make a positive impact. They are a growing group of about 4,000 companies that generate systemic change and build an equitable, inclusive, and regenerative economic model for all people and the planet.
Bluephage was born in 2016 at the University of Barcelona. It was a spin-off company that aimed to promote and commercialize a patented technology developed at the university by the Health-Related Water Microbiology group - MARS, that could reduce water analysis turnaround times to just 5 hours.
For more than three decades, the MARS group has studied bacteriophages as indicators of the microbiological quality of water, and this work has been the basis for the creation of the Bluephage company.
“At Bluephage, we are committed to our vision of 'Safe Water for a Better World' and to our mission to help millions of people around the world obtain clean water for drinking, hygiene, and agricultural use. Now we will reinforce these objectives of social, economic, and environmental sustainability with the B Corporation certification ”, comments Enric Queralt, CEO of Bluephage.
In an international context in which more than 2.5 billion people do not have access to safe water, Bluephage assumes the social responsibility of offering a cost-effective and accessible solution for water analysis laboratories, water supply, and sanitation companies, as well as the sanitary and water authorities to periodically carry out environmental analyzes of the water in a reliable, fast and efficient way.
In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the 4th edition of the 'Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. The chapter on water safety plans recommends using stronger indicators, such as bacteriophages, for microbial water quality testing and more frequent water testing for fecal indicator organisms to detect contamination and prevent waterborne disease.
At the beginning of 2021, the European Commission adopted a new Directive on Drinking Water that requires tests to be carried out that detect coliphages as a viral indicator of water, since, when this virus is present, other pathogenic viruses can appear in the environment but lower concentrations. Thus, monitoring this viral indicator can prevent some diseases related to human viruses. Given this reality, the innovation offered by Bluephage is a revolutionary method to simplify and accelerate the detection and enumeration of coliphages in water.
The B Corp Certification measures management performance throughout the company and covers five key impact areas: Governance, Workers, Community, Environment, and Customers.
The certification process is rigorous; you must score more than 80 points and provide evidence of socially and environmentally responsible practices, including energy supply, water, waste use, workers' compensation, diversity, and corporate transparency. To complete the certification, the company must legally incorporate its commitment to social purpose into the bylaws of its company.
Enric Queralt, CEO of Bluephage, comments: “ Since 2016, Bluephage has been working to positively impact the prevention of a global water-related crisis, and now, in 2021, we are very proud to have achieved the B Corporation certification. This certification recognizes and reinforces our mission, vision, values, way of relating to all our stakeholders and supply chain and guaranteeing this commitment to our clients. "
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Date Published: 30th March 2021
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