[ ECOHYDROS among the 14 worldwide biotechnology companies selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -MIT- for the Idea2 Global Program ]

Last week, Dr. Laura Miralles presented at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) the new methodology for the detection and identification of species, based on environmental genetics.

Our colleague Dr. Laura Miralles presented at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) the new methodology for the detection and identification of species, based on environmental genetics, which we have incorporated in ECOHYDROS as a department with its own entity.

The MIT is the world’s leading university in biotechnology, classified as number one in the world in this and other fields of knowledge. It is therefore understandable that Ecohydros is full of pride and illusion just for the possibility of participating in this program of MIT, to which we go hand in hand and under the initiative of SODERCAN.

However, a pleasant surprise rised when we returned from that training program: we had been selected as one of the 14 best international ideas presented in the MIT to participate in its acceleration program called IDEA2 Global 2019.

This reflects the applicability of our area of environmental genetics. It also implies that we will be together with other companies and entrepreneurs from China, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Chile, etc. in an intensive program that will boost our new line of work. From now to the end of the year, we need to work hard but we will work the best mentors from MIT and Harvard who will help us to improve our business in order to be able to offer a quality service with international backing.

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The recently incorporated line of environmental genetics offers new possibilities for the detection and identification of species. To detect elusive or rare species in aquatic ecosystems is a very laborious and uncertain process that is often conditioned and therefore limited by conventional prospective techniques. Being able to detect these species has great significance, for example, in the case of invasive species, protected or endangered species, as well as pathogens. Specifically, invasive species represent the second cause of biodiversity loss worldwide, just behind habitat loss, and both directly related to species detection. For this reason, ECOHYDROS recently incorporated the use of novel environmental DNA techniques to detect and identify aquatic species by collecting only 1L of water from the environment.

MIT is considered one of the best universities in the world and is a referent in research activity and capacity. It has 76 Nobel laureates among its researchers and faculty. His important research activity in Health Sciences places him at the forefront of the Earth.

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