Paraytec Wins Prestigious Award for New Product Innovation

Thursday, 8th February 2007

York-based scientific instrument company, Paraytec, has been awarded a major prize for new product innovation. Paraytec’s ActiPix detection instrument was judged the best innovative new product with high growth potential developed by a Yorkshire company. The prize was announced at the Venturefest Yorkshire awards dinner on 7 February, where Paraytec was presented with the GSPK New Product Award and a prize package of £20,000.

The ActiPix D100 imaging detector is a novel scientific instrument developed for use in analytical and life sciences applications. It is the first product to incorporate Paraytec’s ground breaking detection technology -  a patented miniaturised analytical detection system for liquid samples which is a significant advance over existing analytical techniques.

Carolyn Parkinson, Paraytec CEO, said "We are absolutely thrilled that the ActiPix detector has been recognised by this prestigious award. We are so proud to have developed this globally significant technology right here in Yorkshire. Throughout the development of the ActiPix, from prototype to production versions, we have benefited greatly from the excellent, high-tech development and manufacturing providers in the region."

The ActiPix D100 uses capillaries the width of a human hair to carry tiny liquid samples through a beam of UV light, then captures and processes the images using an Active Pixel Sensor similar to the technology used in digital cameras and mobile phones. The detector allows scientists to “see” a complex reaction taking place in real time and to quantify the components. It provides very high sensitivity, and requires 1000 times less sample than existing techniques, making it ideal for high value samples such as biopharmaceuticals.

The award highlights a recent period of success for Paraytec. In June last year the ActiPix D100 was launched at the HPLC2006 conference in San Francisco last year and has since attracted a great deal of interest internationally. The product is currently in early stage sales to customers in the UK, USA and Europe. The technology has also been selected to feature as a new product at Pittcon2007, the world’s largest meeting for scientific instrument technology. The meeting is taking place in Chicago later this month, where the ActiPix will be judged for the international Editor’s Choice Award for New Technology.

Paraytec’s unique technology arose from academic research undertaken by analytical scientist Professor David Goodall, who led the spin-out of the company from the University of York in 2005.

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