Insect Research Systems

Taff Morgan (CTO) and Jason Littler (CEO) showcasing their innovative detection technology

Founded in 2013 by

  • Jason Littler

  • Taff Morgan

Incubation period

01-06-2014 to 01-06-2015

Alumni

About Insect Research Systems

Insect Research Systems Ltd is developing technology for monitoring bed bugs in hotel rooms for the near-real time detection of their diagnostic chemical signatures. The company is building upon the know-how and experience of developing instrumentation for solar system exploration, such as ESA’s comet chasing Rosetta mission, and subsequent translational projects at The Open University addressing a range of challenges back here on Earth. 
 

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The challenge

Insect Research Systems Ltd is developing technology for monitoring bed bugs in hotel rooms for the near-real time detection of their diagnostic chemical signatures. 
 
The company is building upon the know-how and experience of developing instrumentation for solar system exploration, such as ESA’s comet chasing Rosetta mission, and subsequent translational projects at The Open University addressing a range of challenges back here on Earth. 
 

The solution

ESA BIC Harwell company, Insect Research Systems Ltd, is developing a novel detector that enables the global hospitality industry to reproducibly and accurately monitoring for the presence of bed bug infestations. Their near-real time monitoring system can be used to rapidly screen premises.  When utilised as part of an appropriate management strategy it can form a due diligence defence in the case of a customer complaint. It may also be used to determine if a treatment has been successful in eradicating the problem.