Cellix is awarded €1.1M by European Commission for INISH MINI-BAR


Cellix has been successfully awarded a grant of €1.1M under the European Commission’s SME Instrument programme. Cellix's goal is to launch the INISH MINI-BAR; a new low-cost, portable, rapid diagnostic device for fast and reliable detection of bacteria in beer directly from the tap enabling easy continuous monitoring of beer for contamination. At present, breweries have no control over the quality of draught beer delivered to their customers as the existing ATP luminometer test is too time-consuming to be adopted as part of routine quality control programs. Data now show that revenues of beer sales and profits for breweries are directly correlated to the quality of beer delivered to the customer with revenues affected by as much as 10%. With a market value of ~€209 billion, it is easy to understand why quality control of beer at the tap is now a high priority for breweries. Target customers are breweries such as Heineken, Carlsberg and AB InBev where the end-users are the breweries’ trade operators, whose job it is to service and clean beer taps and lines in bars and restaurants


INISH MINI-BAR with sample holder


2017 Q1 update: INISH MINI-BAR (H2020) project started on 1st January 2017 and already, the first deliverable, focusing on customer and end-user device specifications, has been completed.  The researchers working on this project are currently in the process of evaluating electronic architecture designs together with developing the microfluidic chip and sub-system liquid handling components to enable efficient and rapid sample analysis.  In parallel, Cellix is actively engaging with a variety of stakeholders that can aid in the development of a truly useful tool for this industry.  With this in mind, Vivienne Williams (CEO, Cellix Ltd.) will attend the European Brewery Convention in Slovenia, 14 - 18th May, to further engage with stakeholders in the brewery sector.  If you have input which may be valuable to the development of the INISH MINI-BAR device, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. now to arrange a meeting with Vivienne at the EBC 2017.

2017 Q2 update: INISH MINI-BAR (H2020) project is well underway with many exciting developments already being implemented. Work package 3.1 which is concerned with the low-cost development of the microfluidic sub-system, focusing primarily on miniaturisation, dead volume optimisation and cleaning procedures has been completed and submitted. Work in the area of electronic architecture is progressing well and already simulations have been run showing how the system will perform. A prototype circuit board is currently being developed and tested. Benchmarking and validation of the device continues on course with the research team routinely performing tests and analysing data to further optimise the system. From a customer engagement and commercial perspective; Vivienne Williams, CEO of Cellix attended the European Brewing Congress in Slovenia from 15th - 17th May. Vivienne met with stakeholders in the brewing industry and also signed up another top brewery for field trials of our INISH MINI-BAR prototype in Q2 2018. Cellix is continuing to promote the INISH MINI-BAR and will be displaying the Inish technology at the Cyto 2017 trade show in Boston from 11th - 14th June.

2017 Q3 update: INISH MINI-BAR (H2020) project is continuing on course as planned. Since the last update, significant progress has been made in a number of key design areas such as sensitivity, aesthetics, human factors and electronics. In terms of sensitivity, the electronics have been improved increasing the signal-to-noise ratio significantly and enabling reliable detection of bacteria in beer. Optimising the fluidic parameters/settings also helped improve the accuracy of bacterial detection. The new case design has been modelled; it is smaller and more compact than the previous design and takes into account the needs of the end user.  It will be on display at the MBAA conference (12th – 15th October, Atlanta, GA, USA).  The prototype circuit board mentioned in the last update has now been tested with beer samples and shows promising results.

 IMB 2                             IMB 1



2017 Q4 update: INISH MINI-BAR (H2020) project is progressing as planned with significant advances in a number of areas since the last update. There has been substantial work carried out on the overall device design, building on the demo unit which was on display a the MBAA conference (12th – 15th October, Atlanta, GA, USA), along with an animated video which provides potential customers an overview of the INISH MINI-BAR device concept and operation. The various subsystems of the device, including a miniaturised microfluidic pump assembly and core electronic components have been integrated to produce an updated prototype which will be used to validate the operation of each subsystem. The testing of the improved detection electronics is ongoing and continues to show promising results for detection of bacteria in beer, with a number of tests being carried out using trade samples of different beers collected from bars in Dublin.

2018 Q1 update: INISH MINI-BAR (H2020) project is still moving forward as scheduled. The main electronic board for the Inish mini-bar has been designed and manufactured and is currently undergoing testing at Cellix. Data from the initial trade sample testing has been analysed and additional testing of the Inish-minibar has been carried out with a view towards device validation. A microfluidic test-bench for validation of system sub-assemblies is currently being manufactured, which will help increase the volume of testing carried out at Cellix. There have been significant developments in the microfluidic chip manufacturing process which will greatly help with the scalability and feasibility of the Inish Mini-Bar device.

2018 Q2 update: INISH MINI-BAR (H2020): Our Inish Mini Bar project focuses on detection of contamination in beer – allowing for the clean, perfect pint with optimal flavour. The project is progressing well this quarter and our validation testing continues on as planned. We continuously use new sources of beer, which provide us with fresh material to continuously tweak our testing process and optimise it for the better. Our R&D team continue to make innovations in impedance technology, electronics, and miniturisation of component parts. Most excitingly in recent months we've seen a more stable manufacturing process due to improved manufacturing controls of electrode alignment. For more info on the Inish Mini Bar, come talk to us at Brewing Summit 2018 in August, follow us on social media for updates, or see our Inish Mini Bar video.


Project Name: INISH MINI-BAR

Project Number: 755731

Topic Call: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors

Call Identifier: H2020-SMEInst-2016-2017/H2020 SMEINST-2-2016-2017

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 755731.