DeepVerge and Microsaic higher after launch of miniaturised contaminants detection system


DeepVerge PLC (AIM:DVRG, FRA:4RG) (AIM:DVRG) has flagged the launch of a range of miniature mass spectrometers through its collaboration with Microsaic Systems PLC (AIM:MSYS) (AIM:MSYS).

The two companies are working together to provide real-time monitoring solutions to detect and identify contaminants in water and soil.

Microsaic has launched a miniaturised mass spectrometer platform that provides fully integrated front-end solutions, with software upgrades using artificial intelligence (AI) from DeepVerge, to achieve triple quadrupole limits of detection for real-time monitoring and identification of organic chemicals in water and soil. ‘Triple quad’ limits of detection mean increased sensitivity and specificity, which allows detection and quantitation at lower limits than conventional single quadrupole mass spectroscopy, DeepVerge explained.

DeepVerge’s environmental division has implemented real-time services for the automated detection and identification of metals and pathogens and has augmented this offering with Microsaic’s platform to automate real-time detection and expert analysis of dangerous organic chemicals in water and soil.

The new platform augments revenue channels of both companies without re-engineering business infrastructure, DeepVerge said.

“By combining our expertise in contaminant monitoring, we are able to offer new, innovative real-time monitoring solutions to our existing customers and open new global opportunities for fully-integrated water and soil detection of a broad range of pathogens and chemicals not least of which is the current COVID-SARS-CoV-2 global health crisis, providing the potential to identify virus hotspots in real-time,” said Gerard Brandon, the chief executive officer of DeepVerge.

Glen Tracey, his counterpart at Microsaic, said the Microsaic team had achieved two major milestones: first, a range of miniaturised portable mass spectrometry systems with triple quadrupole limits of detection, and second, access to new sources of income from revenue-sharing monitoring services that offer protection to society against “the silent killer of chemicals of emerging concern”.

“The combination of Microsaic and DeepVerge capabilities provides impressive coverage between chemicals and pathogens in our waters and soil. The Microsaic board believes that data-driven monitoring capability is of great interest to government, industrial and agricultural stakeholders which is already seen from significant interest from clients,” Tracey said.

Shares in DeepVerge were up 1.8% at 28.5p in early deals while Microsaic’s shares were up 2.4% at 0.21p.


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