With our methods, you can ensure that the drinking water is not contaminated by hazardous chemicals.


Our methods can map the presence and treatment efficiency of pollutants in wastewater.


Our methods demonstrate the total effect, the so-called cocktail effect, which occurs when several substances interact.


To reduce the risks of chemical pollution, the water industry needs to evaluate new treatment technologies.

The Challenge

Humans and the environment are constantly exposed to a large number of chemical compounds, both naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals. Some of these chemicals are toxic and may have adverse effects on human health or the ecosystem. With chemical analysis, concentrations of a few known compounds can be determined, however, these compounds only represent a small fraction of the potential toxic effects. 

International research has shown that up to 99 % of toxic effects detected in water samples come from unknown compounds or cocktail effects. Hence, if we focus only on the known compounds, where we can determine the concentration, we are only looking on the tip of an iceberg. With such an approach, there is a great risk that chemical hazards in the water, for example unknown chemicals or mixture effects, remain undetected.

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The solution

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BioCell Analytica offers effect-based methods to detect chemical contaminants in the environment e.g., in drinking water, wastewater, surface water, soil, and sediment. Our methods detect and quantify the combined effect of all chemical compounds in a sample instead of analyzing concentrations of a few selected compounds. Toxic effects from chemical contaminants are detected with a battery of tests in mammalian cell lines. Our methods assess effects of both known and unknown toxic chemicals and show the combined effect, the so-called cocktail effect, which occurs when several chemicals interact.

With effect-based methods, the total effect of all compounds with a common mode of action is measured, both known and unknown compounds. BioCell Analytica offers effect-based methods that can be used to ensure drinking water safety, wastewater treatment efficiency, surface water quality in environmental monitoring as well as to evaluate efficiency of novel treatment techniques for water. Our methods can also be used to detect hazardous compounds in solid matrices such as sediment and soil.

Our main areas:

Drinking water production

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Wastewater treatment

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Environmental monitoring

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Evaluation of new treatment technologies

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Vision and sustainability

Our vision: Safe water for humans and the environment

The vision of BioCell Analytica is clearly linked to the UN sustainable development goals in Agenda 2030. Our effect-based methods can be used as tools to achieve goal nr 6 Clean water and sanitation, goal nr 3 Good health and well-being and goal nr 14 Life below water. Furthermore, access to safe water is a prerequisite for reaching all the other sustainable development goals.

Clean water and sanitation

Globala målen Nr. 6 "Clean water and sanitation"

Good health and well-being

Globala målen Nr. 3 "Good health and Well-being"

Life below water

Globala målen Nr. 14 "Life below water"