Research

Ongoing projects with industry

We cooperate with the industrial partners in the field of quality control of dairy and probiotic products and in the development of new products. In recent years, many efforts were devoted to the development of modern methods of quality control of probiotic products and to the searching and testing of new strains - candidates for industrial probiotics. The most extensive cooperation is established with the dairy and pharmaceutical industries.

Together with Mlekarna Celeia dairy and Clinres company we tested in a clinical study the efficacy of a fermented synbiotic product in adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and in cooperation with the company Medis, the effectiveness of a pharmaceutical preparation containing two probiotic strains of Lactobacillus fermentum and Bifidobacterium animalis derived from the intestinal mucosa, also in adults with IBS. In cooperation with Medis, we developed a new dietary supplement with bioactive peptides for preventive treatments of subjects with the risk of cardiovascular diseases, which has been shown effective in a clinical study in subjects with increased blood pressure. With the dairy Celeia we were involved also in the development and formulation of a new whey-based product intended for the active population (recreational athletes). The majority of these studies took place in the frame of The competence centre for Biotechnological Development and Innovation (KC-BRIN). In cooperation with pharmaceutical company we monitor the quality and safety of their probiotic OTC product for over a decade. We also developed together a specific culture-independent method for determination of the viability of probiotic bacteria in their product based on molecular biological method PCR. It is worth mentioning also the determination of contamination of raw materials (for probiotic products), sterility testing of laboratory consumables and offer of our own isolates of lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria with the properties interesting for industrial strains (probiotics, cultures for fermented products .. ...) stored in our culture collection of microorganisms.