Bio-Protect in video

A short video presenting the project, the objectives and the partners involved is now available.

Final Workshop in Paris

This one-day event gathered the FP7-BIO-PROTECT project and the FP7-PRACTICE project. The workshop was co-organised with the French High Committee for Civil Defence, HCFDC, allowing to reach a broader security community. Download programme here.

Bio-Protect on Milipol 2013 Talk-show (in French)

Bio-Protect participated to an interactive talk-show broadcasted live during the Milipol Exhibition in November in Paris. Watch the replay here.

CBRNe Covergence 2013

The BIO-Protect project was presented at the poster session of the 6th CBRNe Convergence 2013, which took place on 29-31 October 2013 in San Diego, USA. Download poster here.

About BIO-Protect

The malevolent use of Anthrax spores on civilians in late 2001 has shown the necessity to protect European citizens from criminal use of biological agents and viruses. Although these attacks had been punctual and crude, more sophisticated attacks on dozens or hundreds of injured or killed people are conceivable.

When launching such an attack its success depends on concentrating a sufficient amount of pathogens in a defined area. Hence safeguarding a certain area regarding biological agents demands the detection of pathogenous bacteria, spores and viruses in various matrices (e.g. Anthrax in flour or sugar) or suspicious aerosols. This can only be accomplished by triggering a short-term alarm and its validation as well as the identification of the type of threat.

Since most of the bio sensors available are laboratory bound or require special equipment which needs training as well as experience, new systems are needed. The concept of BIO-PROTECT is the development of a fast-alert, easy-to-use device to be applied for detection and identification of airborne bacteria, spores, viruses and toxins. Its technology is based on bioaerosol detection by fluorescence, scattering and background aerosol measurement followed by ionization of air flow and analysis of the spectrum of relative speed of passage, which, in turns, enables identification of harmful biological agents. This device may also be used for controlling potential accidental release of bio-agents from biotechnology laboratories.


Under its wider R&D budget for 2007-2013 – known as the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) – the EU is investing EUR 1.4 billion for security research. This catalogue presents an exhaustive overview of all projects currently supported by FP7’s Security Research budget as of July 2010.

Europe has never been so peacefully consolidated or prosperous, yet it is also vulnerable to threats such as terrorism, organised crime and natural disasters. Making Europe more secure and resilient for its citizens and critical infrastructures, while strengthening its SMEs and industrial competitiveness is the goal of Security Research. To date a signi? cant proportion of the committed budget (> 20%) is going to SMEs. By stimulating research and innovation – and promoting direct cooperation between providers and end-users of security equipments, systems and knowledge the EU can better understand and prepare itself to face risks and disruptive events in a constantly changing world.
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The BIO-Protect final Workshop was held in Paris on 23 January 2014.
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