Lab-on-a-chip wins engineering prize

Lab-on-a-chip wins engineering prize

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By Nick Flaherty

UK lab-on-a-chip technology developer DnaNudge has won the 2021 MacRobert award from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Other shortlisted companies include PragmatIC and Creo Medical, highlighting the increasing important of both medical electronics and semiconductors in wider engineering.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be named the winner of the 2021 MacRobert Award, joining the ranks of some of the UK’s most innovative and world-changing engineers. The past year has been challenging for all, but the determination and commitment of the entire DnaNudge team to get behind our health service and deliver a truly life-saving solution has been incredible. We look forward to expanding the capabilities of our transformative genetic testing platform to address other major global health challenges, including in the area of oncology and STDs. This is just the beginning of our technology’s capabilities” said Professor Chris Toumazou FREng FRS, Co-Founder & CEO of DNAnudge and a serial entrepreneur in the UK.

The company adapted its diabetes technology for Covid-19 to provide PCR tests in just over an hour without having to use a lab. The lab-in-a-cartridge multiplex testing technology was jointly developed with TTP in Cambridge and supports 72 different tests.

“DnaNudge is an excellent example of how the UK engineering community adapted to be at the forefront of the global efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Its role in supporting the government with its testing capabilities will have gone a long way to helping to understand and contain the virus. Looking towards the future, this technology knows no limits, helping consumers to take control of their health and lifestyle and make informed dietary decisions, with positive long-term implications,” said Professor Sir Richard Friend FREng FRS, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award judging panel.

“The MacRobert Award has recognised many fundamental engineering advances, such as the CT scanner, which have truly changed the medical world. I am delighted that DnaNudge joins this group, and I look forward to seeing DnaNudge’s technology evolve in years to come, since widespread take-up of this technology will help to build a healthier nation, empowering people to take a proactive role in managing their lifestyle and future health.”

DnaNudge will receive the signature MacRobert Award gold medal and a £50,000 cash prize, joining the pioneers behind innovations such as the Harrier Jump Jet, the Raspberry Pi micro-computer and the CT scanner.

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