Specialized in environmental biological diagnostics, the startup was looking to expand its facilities to handle its growing business activity, in part boosted by the COVID-19 health crisis.
Environmental diagnostics: a promising marketFounded in 2017 and incubated by the Agro | Montpellier SupAgro institute, IAGE has seen its business grow significantly since March 2020. Specialized in environmental biological analyses, the company has developed a method based on Digital PCR technology from the medical sector that very reliably quantifies – with accuracy on the order of 99% – the presence of biological organisms, such as viruses and bacteria in a sample, by detecting their RNA or genome.
Founded by five partners, most of whom have backgrounds in academic research, the startup offers clients its expertise as a Phytocontrol analysis laboratory. By analyzing wastewater, IAGE technology enables early detection and evolution tracking for clusters that are going to form in a given area: virus RNA is identifiable in human stool, well before any symptoms appear.
And that’s just the start. We wish IAGE a warm welcome and continued success at Biopôle Euromédecine!
“Starting in late June, we could already see the arrival of the second wave of the COVID-19 crisis,” adds Franz Durandet, whose company now has a staff of seven people.