How it works

The Senoptica Technology helps identify defective modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). The Senoptica Sensor is printed directly into the MAP lidding film laminate. Once the product has been packed, the sensor is scanned using the Senoptica scanning system. On scanning, the sensor will appear a different colour, depending on the O2 level within the pack. Packs are then accepted or rejected based on the specification for that product.


Every pack tested

Real time results

Test at any point in supply chain

Over the entire life of the pack


Increased category sales

Reduced food waste

Reduced production costs

Improved compliance

Potential Applications



Medical Devices



Our Team

Brendan Rice – Chief Executive Officer and Co Founder

Brendan has extensive experience in the food industry with strong background in the commercial disciplines of innovation, marketing and sales. He has grown portfolios worth over £500m and led large cross functional teams to deliver award winning World first innovations. Brendan holds an MBA (1st Class) from UCD Smurfit Business School, Ireland.

Dr Steve Comby – Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder

Steve is the co-inventor of the technology and led the development of the project for early stage research to successful industrial scale production. Steve’s academic research has focused on intelligent sensors for active packaging. Steve holds a PhD (Inorganic Chemistry) from Ecole Polytechnique Féderalé de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Dr Rachel Evans – Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder

Rachel is the originator and co-inventor of the idea and has overseen the development of the project from inception. She is currently working in Cambridge University, UK furthering research interests in the science underpining the Senoptica Technology. Rachel holds a PhD (Physical Chemistry) from University of Wales Swansea, UK.

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland is one of the top academic institutions in the World and is Ireland’s leading academic institution.

Trinity sits at number 48 in the global rankings for producing venture-backed entrepreneurs from its undergraduate programmes, according to PitchBook’s recently published Universities Report. Trinity is the only European university within the Top 50, making this the third year in a row that Trinity has been ranked first in Europe by the private equity and venture-focused research firm.

School of Chemistry

Headed up by Professor Mike Lyons, the TCD School of Chemistry has come a long way since the first lecturer in Chemistry was appointed in 1711. The School is research intensive and has an active research programme that spans all sub-disciplines of Chemistry. Its members are involved in a great many inter-departmental, national and international research programmes. Research income (approx. €5 million per year) is earned from national, international and commercial sources, and several groups are involved in networks of European laboratories. The School of Chemistry currently spearheads TCD activity in Raw Materials and significant funding has been obtained in this area in recent times in collaboration with European and International partners, both academic and industrial. The School has a diverse, strong, and dynamic research community consisting of the academic staff, Fellows Emeriti, researchers and postgraduate students.


CRANN (the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) is one of the largest research institutes in Trinity College Dublin and Ireland’s leading nanoscience institute.

CRANN brings together over 300 researchers including 37 leading Investigators based across multiple disciplines including Trinity’s Schools of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Engineering and Pharmacology.

In October 2013, a Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre, AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) was launched. AMBER is jointly hosted in TCD by CRANN and the Trinity Centre for Bioenineering, and works in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and UCC. The centre provides a partnership between leading researchers in material science and industry to develop new materials and devices for a range of sectors, particularly the ICT, medical devices and industrial technology sectors.


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