Published on December 12, 2023, 2:44 am

Factories that process our food and beverages play a crucial role in ensuring our safety and well-being. Contrary to popular belief, these products don’t come straight from the farm. They undergo a rigorous cleaning process to eliminate any potential contaminants. In the past, this involved using petri-dish-based microbiological monitoring and waiting for test results from labs. However, thanks to generative AI, this is about to change.

Enter Spore.Bio, a promising French startup that aims to revolutionize how we keep food processing factories clean. Their pathogen detection device uses optical light to scan surfaces and identify harmful bacteria. It does this by comparing the data it gathers with training information derived from the microbes commonly found on factory floors.

The major advantage of Spore.Bio’s solution is its speed. Rather than waiting for tests to be sent off and processed at a lab, their technology provides real-time results. According to the startup, their solution is significantly faster than traditional testing methods, which can take anywhere between 5 to 20 days.

Recognizing the potential impact of this innovation, Spore.Bio recently secured an impressive €8 million in pre-seed funding. Leading the investment round was London’s LocalGlobe VC, while other participants included EmergingTech Ventures, No Label Ventures, Famille C (Clarins Family Office), Better Angle, Plug&Play Ventures, Entrepreneur First, Kima Ventures, Raise Sherpas, Fair Equity Sharpstone Capital, and Angels.

Spore.Bio was founded in 2023 by CEO Amine Raji (formerly of Nestlé), CTO Maxime Mistretta, and COO Mohamed Tazi (formerly Gymlib founder). While they have achieved significant progress already, they face tough competition from US-based PathogenDX. This competitor has raised $11.6 million for its own range of solutions addressing similar challenges.

With generative AI playing an increasingly influential role in various industries, it’s exciting to see its potential application in ensuring the safety and cleanliness of our food processing factories. As technology continues to advance, we can expect further developments in this field and more innovative solutions to safeguard our well-being.

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