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The food sector is becoming ever more demanding in its desire to offer consumers safe and healthy food, leading to growing demand for scientific resources and data to rely on and trust.

On the one hand, the sector needs tools to detect and control pathogens that may affect plant, animal or human health, as well as product quality.

Due to the close link between healthy eating and good health, the market is also demanding more and more scientific studies regarding the beneficial and healthy effects of food.


In a similar way to how a medicine would be studied, GAIKER uses all the knowledge obtained in the pharmaceutical sector to study the food of the future. We have state-of-the-art biological models devoted to the food of the future. We have state-of-the-art biological models devoted to the food of tomorrow. Thanks to them, we support commercial claims scientifically by demonstrating the potential of products and help select and test the best functional nutraceutical ingredients to develop healthier foods. We ensure that the beneficial properties are not lost along the production chain and we analyse the characteristics of interest of the food by-products generated during the production process, in order to evaluate their potential applications.

We also develop rapid and simple solutions to detect pathogens or molecules of interest at any stage of the food chain, from primary production to the end consumer.

Major Projects


The main objective of the μ4IIOT project is to develop microtechnologies aimed at applying them in smart factories in the framework of industrial digitalisation in the Basque Country. GAIKER is involved in developing electrochemical genosensors on microfluidic platforms to monitor the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the food industry.

Subsidised by the Basque Government

Basque Government


The aim of this project is to promote a new initiative to produce high added value food products from food waste.

Subsidised by the Basque Government

Basque Government


Development of biosensors of interest to the food industry: Development of electrochemical sensors on microfluidic platforms for the advanced genetic detection of Listeria monocytogenes. Selection and characterisation of biosensing molecules (aptamers), and development of strategies for the functionalisation of magnetoelastic sensors.

Subsidised by the Basque Government


The VALUEWASTE project is a holistic approach to recycling municipal biowaste to produce high-value bio-based products, and is the first complete solution for fully recovering organic waste that can be replicated across Europe.
Our role in the project is linked to providing a toxicological and functional evaluation of new products and assessing their safety through in vitro tests, so as to comply with the corresponding international legislation (REACH, food regulations, etc.).

This project received funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and development programme under contract number 818312

This project consists of developing a preventive management model for direct, early control, before the first symptoms of botrytis appear. This will make it possible to use plant protection products in the vineyard sustainably in response to the demand for quality grapes for processing.

Subsidised by the Basque Government

Basque Government


Safe food for Europe – coordination of research activities and dissemination of research results of EC funded research on food safety. FOODSEG
CSA (Coordination and Support Action) to disseminate the most significant results from current research in Europe (FP6 and FP7 programmes) on food safety and quality issues by developing an online platform and a plan for organising future activities, symposia and expert working meetings.


Development of devices for integral rapid and fast analysis of pathogenic microorganisms in food.
Devices currently marketed by ZEULAB.

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