Bactest is a Cambridge based company that has developed a product line of microbial respirometers which are used to incubate bacteria and detect and measure microbial activity and contamination in water and other industrial applications. What makes this product line so unique is that Bactest is deploying its technology platform in portable and in-situ devices, such as their first product the Speedy Breedy, removing the need to send every sample to a lab to be tested by technicians, delivering on site results within hours. The company’s second product, Shepherd, launches in 2015 and will provide data to sewage plant operators to allow more efficient plant management with a view to reducing the electricity consumption by the plant.