BioScreen’s Bacterial Contamination Monitoring Technology Is Ready to Be Included in the Standard Protocol of Technical Safety of Oil Equipment

02 November 2020

The bacterial contamination monitoring technology, developed by the BioScreen biotechnology startup (part of the TechnoSpark Group of the RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs), is ready to be included in the standard of technical safety of oil equipment. Its use will reduce material and environmental damage from the failure of oilfield equipment.

Using the TechnoSpark platform solution for industrial microbiology, BioScreen identifies eight classes of piping-destroying microorganisms such as archaea and bacteria. These microorganisms are the cause of equipment corrosion, and the methods of combating each class vary. Based on the service data, technologists can accurately pick up biocides to prevent damage to equipment and oil spills.

“The transition from classical microbiological seeding to the NGS (next generation sequencing) that we use is a transition from analog to digital. Innovative oil service companies have already tried our technology and received accurate datasets that allow us to carry out symbiosis of big data and applied research,” said Gleb Speshilov, Technical Director of BioScreen.

The company has been developing the technology since 2018; in 2020 it has released a new extended version of the analysis to the market and conducted a study of more than 60 samples from the oil fields of Russia, finding in them 27 genera of harmful microorganisms. The analysis was carried out both for existing wells and for exploration of deposits, where it was necessary to assess potential risks. Now the technology of monitoring bacterial contamination of oil field equipment by NGS method is ready to be included in the standard of technical safety of oil equipment and mass use.

“Analysis of microbiological contamination is included in the microbiological assessment protocol, which is performed by oilfield service companies. In the USA, NGS is already widely used for these purposes. We hope that in Russia in the near future our fast and accurate technology will be included in Russian recommendations, and oil workers will optimize their methods of combating microbiological corrosion,” added Gleb Speshilov.

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The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.

The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Anatoly Chubais; the Chief Executive Officer of the Fund is Andrey Svinarenko.

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The TechnoSpark Group of Companies, a part of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, is involved in all aspects of venture creation: from establishing a start-up to its sale. The TechnoSpark Group of Companies is in the hardware industry, working in areas, such as robotics in logistics, energy storage systems, hi-tech medical equipment, diamond optics, braided composites, optical and industrial surfaces, genomics, industrial microbiology, thin-film integrated photovoltaics, additive technologies and flexible electronics. The Group of Companies is in first place according to the National rating of Russia’s most effective technology parks and was included in the National Rating of Russian Fast-growing Technology Companies, TechUp 2019. It is also a part of the community of startup studios, the Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN).

For more information about the company, visit technospark.ru

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BioScreen is Russia’s first high-precision microbiological monitoring service for oilfield facilities. The company conducts microbiological profiling of samples using next-generation sequencing. This method is much faster than classical methods, and provides accurate quantitative data and virtually eliminates the impact of the human factor on the outcome of analyses. Other TechnoSpark startups operating on the same technology platform are GreenGene (lawn health diagnostics) and BeerGenomics (control of the microbiological purity of craft beer).