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DNA Electronics’ Toumazou Wins European Inventor Award for Research

Pioneering “lab on a chip” DNA testing paves way for rapid diagnosis of critical diseases

The Chairman and CEO of DNA Electronics, a provider of point-of-care genomic diagnostics solutions for medical and healthcare applications, Chris Toumazou, has been awarded the European Inventor Award 2014 in the Research category, for his rapid USB-based DNA testing device.

Announced at the European Inventor Awards ceremony in Berlin on June 17th 2014, Toumazou's win recognises his contribution to medical research with his ground-breaking invention. The device, which can show the results of a DNA test within minutes, uses silicon transistors to identify DNA and RNA, offering a simpler, cheaper and more discrete alternative to existing DNA analysis equipment.

The invention involves the amplification and detection of DNA and other biomolecules using pH measurement, providing the ground work for DNA Electronics' molecular diagnostics platform Genalysis®. With the capability of identifying genomic sequences, not only in patients, but also in infectious agents, the company is developing products that will provide clinicians with rapid actionable diagnosis of life-threatening conditions.

Commenting on the win, COO of DNA Electronics, Steve Allen said: "We are enormously pleased for Chris on his win yesterday. To be recognised by the European Patents Office and awarded this honour by the European Inventors Awards judges, is a great testament to his invention and the potential it holds for DNA Electronics going forward."

Chris Toumazou commented further, "I am delighted to have won this award. I am incredibly pleased that our semiconductor based DNA technology, that has already found wide spread use in whole genome sequencing, will shortly be applied to point-of-care genetic testing."

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