DeepVerge PLC (LON:DVRG) said it is expanding its data and technology division, Rinocloud, into the Moorepark Technology Centre (MTC) in Fermoy, Cork, Ireland, to create a European centre of excellence for the real-time detection of dangerous pathogens such as Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in water and wastewater systems.
The AIM-listed group said the artificial intelligence (AI) MTC will also facilitate research, development and the assembly of Rinocloud’s patent-pending optofluidic rigs to meet immediate and local demand for infrastructural installations of real-time SARS-CoV-2 detection in Ireland and across Europe in wastewater.
The firm said the MTC project represented “an exciting initiative for community control of the current global health crisis and early warning of future pandemics”.
DeepVerge added that its Irish headcount is also expected to triple in 2021 in response to growing demand for its services, with the group expecting to add up to 60 new hires for roles in data science, physics and epidemiology.
“For 5 years, Rinocloud has been a driving innovator in real-time detection of dangerous pathogens such as E.Coli, in drinking water through its RAWTest program, partly funded by the Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland. Following on from the recent MoU signed with China Resources and the York, UK laboratories, this EU facility expands DeepVerge’s capability to design, produce and assemble instruments on two continents, playing a key role in Ireland, UK and Europe, detecting and monitoring current and future outbreaks of COVID-19”, DeepVerge chief executive Gerry Brandon said in a statement.