Atomo MicroRapid wins 2012 Engineering Excellence Award

Atomo Diagnostics / IDE Win Engineering Excellence Awards Sydney (EEAS) 2012

Sydney based health technology company Atomo Diagnostics and its development partner ide wins Engineering Excellence Awards for the MicroRapid Integrated Rapid Blood Test Device, the world’s first hand held integrated rapid diagnostic device.

MicroRapid won the Small Business Award, received a highly commended in the Innovations & Inventions category and was presented with the prestigious Bradfield Award. The Bradfield Award is the highest award across all categories and ‘recognises an accomplishment of exceptional engineering merit which makes a major contribution to the community’.

Atomo aims to bring the detection of a range of diseases out of the laboratory and into homes and outreach clinics across the globe. A test for the rapid detection of HIV 1/2 is the first clinical application being commercialised on this innovative device and Atomo received grant funding from Commercialisation Australia to assist in the development and manufacture of evaluation product earlier this year.

The integrated design provides the complete test procedure in a single device. This makes it ideal for clinicians to use away from the laboratory as well as enabling individuals to conduct their own blood tests at home. Current blood tests using similar formats require the use of a kit containing five or six items, making them complex to use and resulting in high error rates.

“Our device makes rapid blood testing easier, more reliable and much more user friendly. This allows testing to be performed by anyone in any setting” said John Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Atomo Diagnostics.

MicroRapid can be used for variety of clinical testing including the detection of cardiac and cancer markers, a wide range of infectious diseases as well as consumer focused self screening for conditions such as Celiac, Allergy, Thyroid imbalances and Anaemia.

The Engineering Excellence Awards Sydney (EEAS) 2012 recognise the expertise of both individuals and engineering organisations in the community. Their aim is to create wider recognition for the valuable input of engineers in our lives. Atomo’s MicroRapid device will now go on display in the Powerhouse Museum. This display is expected to be seen by over a half a million Museum visitors throughout the year.

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Mr John Kelly, Chief Executive Officer:

Phone +61 401 922 279 or email