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Development of a rapid test for the detection of AntiMicrobial Resistance

AMR DetecTool

The AMR DetecTool project is the continuation of the BL DetecTool project, already funded by EIT Health. The project aims to develop rapid antibiotic resistance detection tests. It is coordinated by Hervé Volland (LERI/SPI).

Funding : EIT Health 

Published on 3 June 2020


The spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a growing threat to public health. In Europe, they are implicated in 426,000 infections in hospitals and are responsible for 33,000 deaths per year.This increase is notably due to i) the lack of rapid tests to identify the type(s) of resistant bacteria in a short period of time and ii) the lack of standardized strategies for the implementation of effective diagnostic procedures, within healthcare facilities, to fight antibiotic resistance.

A solution was provided by an innovation, patented by the CEA, which allowed the direct detection in clinical samples, in less than 30 minutes, of β-lactamases, enzymes produced by certain resistant bacteria and which hydrolyze beta-lactam antibiotics. These detection tests were successfully validated in the BL-DetecTool project, which was previously funded by EIT Health in 2018. This project involved a consortium of six European partners: hospitals, universities, research institutes and the SME NG Biotech.

The same consortium is now set to: i) expand the detection domain of this innovation ii) evaluate the impact of this innovation on potential economic and/or therapeutic gains iii) develop a knowledge portal on antibiotic resistance to help hospitals develop strategies to combat antibiotic resistance. The consortium is funded since January 1, 2020 and for 3 years by the EIT Health. 

Project duration
3 years
2.8 millions €

​Number of partners

Starting date
January 01, 2020

CEA coordinator

CONTACT CEA : Hervé Volland (


About EIT Health 

EIT Health was established in 2015, as a 'knowledge and innovation community' (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is made up of various KICs who each focus on a different sector, or area, of innovation – in our case, that is health and aging. The idea behind the EIT KICs is that innovation flourishes best when the right people are brought together to share expertise. The so called 'knowledge triangle', is the principle that when experts from business, research and education work together as one, an optimal environment for innovation is created.