11:16am Monday 18 December 2017

Tiny new device will make milk safer

Muthukumaran Packirisamy, a professor in Concordia’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, shows off his tiny invention. | Photo by Concordia University.

Milk is about to get a whole lot safer for consumers, thanks to Concordia University researchers who’ve developed a new instrument to detect harmful foreign substances in dairy and other products.

Muthukumaran Packirisamy, a professor in Concordia’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, shows off his tiny invention. | Photo by Concordia University.

“Even though Canada does not allow the use of growth hormones and excessive antibiotics in
cows, until now there were no methods or equipment to effectively measure residual traces in milk,” says Muthukumaran Packirisamy, who led in the development of this new prototype as a professor in Concordia’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

The product was developed with the support of Quebec’s Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade and Valeo Management, whose mandate is to transform university research findings from concept to prototype.

Packirisamy and his team spent two years perfecting the technology — officially called a microfluidic biosensing device — that may soon be commercially used to detect the presence of bovine growth hormones in milk.

The microfluidic biosensing device was well received during a recent presentation to potential industry partners in Boston. One representative from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the United States (NASA) remarked on its potential to detect contaminants such as bacteria and pathogens in future space missions.


Media contact:
Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins
Senior advisor, external communications 
Concordia University
Phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 5068


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