Bluephage becomes the first biotechnology company specializing in microbiological water analysis to achieve B Corp certification.

Bluephage was born in 2016 at the University of Barcelona as a spin-off to promote and market a technology based on a patent developed at the University of Barcelona (Microbiology of Water in Relation to Health group – MARS), which allows reducing the result time of the microbial analysis of the water to only 3 hours.

For more than three decades, the MARS group studies bacteriophages as indicators of microbiological quality water, and this work has been the basis for creating the company Bluephage.

«We are committed to our vision of Safe Water for a Better World and our mission to help millions of people worldwide get safe water for drinking and agricultural uses.»

Enric Queralt, CEO of Bluephage

We intend to reinforce these social, economic, and environmental sustainability objectives with B Corporation certification.

In an international context where more than 2.5 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, Bluephage assumes the social responsibility to offer a cost-effective and accessible solution to water analysis laboratories, water supply, and sanitation companies, as well as health and water authorities. In alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, number six «Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all-«, Bluephage’s vision and purpose is to help thousands of people obtain safe water for drinking, agriculture, and sanitation propose.

In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the fourth edition of the Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. The chapter on Water Safety Plans recommends using more resistant indicators, such as bacteriophages, for microbial water quality testing and practicing more frequent water testing for fecal indicator organisms to detect contamination and prevent waterborne diseases.

In early 2021, the European Commission adopted a new Drinking Water Directive that requires testing for coliphages as a viral indicator for water because, when present, other viruses can occur in the environment but at lower concentrations. So monitoring through this viral indicator can prevent some diseases related to human viruses. In light of this reality, Bluephage’s mission is to market a revolutionary method to simplify and speed up detecting and enumerated coliphages in water.

«Since 2016 we have worked to positively impact the prevention of a global crisis related to the water industry, and now, in 2021, we are thrilled to have achieved B Corporation certification. This certification recognizes and reinforces our mission, vision, values, way of relating to all our stakeholders and supply chain and ensuring this commitment to our customers.»

«To achieve our social, environmental, and business development objectives, Bluephage leverages its most valuable resource: our people’s knowledge and expertise.«

Enric Queralt, CEO of Bluephage

Our CEO maintains open communication with all stakeholders and the supply chain, involving them in the company’s purpose and sharing its values so that everyone identifies with them and works in alignment with the company’s mission.

The research team, specialized in microbiology, comprises internationally recognized names with outstanding contributions to microbiological science and young professionals who bring a new vision and a new stimulus to scientific research.

This way of working enhances training and commitment to knowledge transfer, fostering development opportunities for future scientists.

The manufacturing and distribution process involves collaboration with external companies, enabling Bluephage to activate other economic sectors. They are part of Bluephage’s supply chain, and the company also conveys and shares with them its will to contribute to the social development of the planet through Bluephage economic activity.

The sales and marketing teams are committed to disseminating all this knowledge that argues the relevance of testing for coliphages in water analysis. Whether it is a professional or a more heterogeneous public, it is vital to highlight the global water crisis we are experiencing and the tools to prevent its impacts.

At the Business to Business level, Bluephage offers training and consulting services to communicate and teach our products’ performance that meets international standards’ quality requirements.

All these actions, from research and product development in the laboratories to disseminating knowledge through our communication channels, pursue social, economic, and environmental development objectives that, with the help of all our stakeholders and now with the B Corp family, we will certainly achieve!

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