Our Mission: Preventing Microbial Risks
C4Hydro develops solutions for detecting and enumerating microorganisms in the environment.
Bacteria, fungi, yeast… microbes or microorganisms, these unicellar organisms invisible to the naked eye, are living cells that play a major role in the proper functioning of ecosystems.
Some microbes, useful in some circumstances, can however become dangerous to humans in others. Pathogenic organisms in the environment can lead to life-threatening infections. Hospital-acquired infections, scepticemia, urinary tract infections, intestinal tracts, lung diseases… infectious diseases account for nearly 17 million deaths per year worldwide, or about 1 in 3 deaths, which can go up to 43% in developing countries.
The occurrence of new epidemics regularly reminds us of the considerable societal stakes, both in health and economic terms, that are caused by microbial infections. For this reason, many preventive and curative actions are carried out by all economic actors, institutions and companies for a wide variety of pathogenic microorganisms.
C4Hydro offers preventive solutions to protect against microbiological risks related in particular to bacteria present in environmental and consumption
waters. Drawing on CNRS patented, culture-based Diamidex technology, our solutions allow us to obtain results faster than traditional techniques. They offer innovative methods, usable in the field, and meeting the challenge of rapidly detecting microorganisms in the environment, a key factor for controlling epidemiological risks.
DIAMIDEX technology: making the invisible visible
DIAMIDEX technology is the result of the multidisciplinary work of 6 researchers from the academic world (CNRS, University Aix/Marseille, Université Paris Sud), conducted for 5 years in the fields of cell biology and organic chemistry.
DIAMIDEX technology enables membrane labeling of target microorganisms during their first replication in the culturing process. Labels behave like a series of binding sites for colored or fluorescent elements, thus making the microorganisms visible at an early stage, without waiting for them to become visible to the naked eye.
Our scientific team
A graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts & Métiers ParisTech, Eric has worked for more than 20 years in the development of complex machines on behalf of large industrial groups. His great technical and operational versatility has been put at the service of the development of C4Hydro mobile equipment and laboratories.