Who we are

Leveraging 35+ years of microbiology expertise to revolutionize water testing technology

BLUEPHAGE S.L. is a biotechnology company launched as a spinoff in 2016 from the University of Barcelona (Spain) that specializes in environmental testing solutions. Using a patent-protected accelerated coliphage indicator test, our microbiological water quality testing products detect bacteriophages as indicators of viruses that cause serious waterborne diseases. Our product pipeline will offer the fastest and easiest to use bacteriophage detection method currently available on the market for environmental testing of water.
BLUEPHAGE’s team of world-renowned experts in basic and applied microbiology and virology in water testing methods tap into 35+ years of knowledge and know-how developed at the University of Barcelona within the MARS research group (Water Microbiology Related to Health).

Our Value Proposition

Testing for coliphages will become a new parameter for routine water evaluation

Bacterial indicators fail to detect a broad range of enteric viruses in water samples and involve lengthy culture-based methods requiring extensive material prep time, skilled staff and special equipment. On top of these shortcoming, current testing for bacteriophages (specifically bacteriophages infecting coliform bacteria such as coli known as coliphages) using the EPA and ISO methods, takes nearly 48 hours to perform including material prep time. Limitations in traditional faecal indicator bacteria (FIB) testing methods has led to new state-of-the-art use of coliphages as more accurate viral indicators.
BLUEPHAGE’s rapid-steps lab kits include patent protected biological materials to monitor water quality for all types of water, food and biosolids. Easy to use, offering high sensitivity and rapid results under 24 hours (standard kits) and 5 hours (fast kits). Our kits provide the most reliable viral indicators for water safety monitoring.

Our Team

Enric Queralt Creus

CEO and Co-founder

CEO and Business Developer is a geologist (UB) with master’s degrees in Water Geology (UPC) and General Management (PDG- EADA) with more than 16 years’ experience working in water sector. Since 2002 he has been the Managing Director of cuadll.org. In parallel, between 2007 and 2013, he was an entrepreneur and CEO of FITA10: a water, geology and natural environment consultancy.

Anicet R. Blanch

CTO and Co-founder

His work is focused on development and application in the environment of selective and specific methods for the detection of bacterial species, mainly health-related water microbiology. He also works on the epidemiology and ecology of different bacterial populations. He has participated in nine EU projects since 1989 as a scientist (4), the chief scientist (4) and as the coordinator of the Microbial Source Tracking project TOFPSW.

Francisco Lucena

Co-founder

Chairman of MARS and has more than 30 years’ experience in basic and applied water microbiology. He has participated in eight EU projects since 1991 with a significant participation in assessing the potential use of phages as model microorganisms and in developing methods for the detection of human viruses and protozoa in sludge and water samples. He was the secretary and a member of the ECOPROGES SL board from 1990 to 2000, a University of Barcelona spin-off.

Joan Jofre

Co-founder

Joan Jofre has more than 35 years’ experience in microbiological research. He has participated in eight EU projects since 1989. He has worked on developing methods for studying the behavior outside the gut of human enteric viruses and on developing methods for detection, characterization and studying ecology outside the gut of bacteriophages that infect enteric bacteria, mainly on bacteriophages infecting Bacteroides fragilis as well as other coliphages.

Elisabet Mateu

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Elisabet has 7 years’ experience as a researcher in Biomedine as well as 2 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry in drug late development phase and go-to market strategy and positioning. She graduated in Biotechnology and Biochemistry (UAB) and has a master’s degree and a PhD in Biomedicine (UPF) and an MBA (IESE Business School).

Julia Martín

Chief Research and Development Officer

She has more than 7 years’ experience assessing microbiological quality of water, as a researcher as well as in the industry. PhD in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology (University of Barcelona), her thesis entitled “Utilidad de los bacteriófagos y otros indicadores de contaminación fecal en muestras ambientales sólidas” assessed the capacities of bacteriophages as faecal pollution indicators in the water cycle.

BLUEPHAGE S.L. is a biotechnology company specializing in environmental testing solutions and launched as a spinoff company in 2016 from the University of Barcelona, Spain.

Carrer Gavà 4, 2-2a, 08820
EL PRAT DE LLOBREGAT (BARCELONA)
info@bluephage.com

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