Paraytec wins an R&D 100 award

Paraytec wins an R&D 100 award

Thursday, 9th August 2007

Paraytec, the UK based scientific instrument company which manufactures miniature UV-visible absorbance detectors, has won a prestigious R&D 100 Award for its ActiPix™ D100 detector.

The R&D 100 Awards, “The Oscars of Invention”, for 2007 will be presented at a gala Awards Banquet in Chicago on October 18th.  

Widely recognized in industry, government, and academia as a mark of excellence for the most innovative ideas of the year, the R&D 100 Awards are the only industry-wide competition rewarding the practical applications of science.

The awards recognize the 100 most promising new products, processes, materials, or software developed throughout the world and introduced to the market the previous year. Awards are based on each achievement's technical significance, uniqueness, and usefulness compared to competing projects and technologies.

Dr Mebs Surve, Business Development Manager at Paraytec said “Having recently won the Pittcon 2007 Silver Award, one of the most important international technology awards in the laboratory instrumentation and scientific equipment sector, we are thrilled at having now been awarded this additional prestigious award the R&D 100. This further underlines the significance of our technology.”

Based in York, North Yorkshire, the dynamic young company is a spin out from the University of York’s Chemistry Department.  Their award-winning product, the ActiPix™, is the world’s first ultraviolet area imaging detector.

Dr Surve added “Our detector is receiving extremely positive reviews from its early adopters. We are also receiving significant interest from major instrument companies with a view to incorporating our technology into their next generation products. Our invention significantly improves upon existing UV detector technologies for capillaries. It overcomes some of the fundamental obstacles restricting sensitivity, throughput and user friendliness of current instrumentation. In a nutshell, the ActiPix™ is flexible, future proof and will change the way scientists use nanoscale UV detection for years to come.”

Product design and manufacture has been a team effort, and Paraytec have been working in partnership with local company GSPK Design Ltd, based in Knaresborough, and Glo Design, based in Silkstone.

Professor David Goodall, Director and Chief Scientific Officer of Paraytec, said “GSPK Design Ltd have been instrumental in getting the ActiPix™ ready for market.  From day one we have considered GSPK Design to be an extension of our company.  Significant input on all aspects of our R&D and transfer to production has enabled us to put together a robust, well engineered and high performance instrument for use in the analytical and life science market. The prestige of an R&D 100 award will help open international doors for Paraytec, so this is great news for the company in helping us to build a comprehensive global distributor network.”

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