Surface hygiene test wins the Chemical Industry Innovation Award

29-Apr-2010 - Finland

Surface hygiene is a major food safety and healthcare challenge across the world. Orion Diagnostica Oy and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a chemical test card for surface hygiene monitoring. A wide range of applications is envisioned for the innovation.

The innovation, unique on an international scale, together with the research teams behind it, was awarded the Finnish Chemical Industry Innovation Award on 27 April 2010 in Helsinki. The recipients were selected by the Scientific Advisory Board of the Chemical Industry, and the award was presented at an event hosted by the Chemical Industry Federation.

Orion Clean Card® PRO, a new kind of chemical test for the assessment and monitoring of surface hygiene, is the result of collaboration between Orion Diagnostica and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The test card, manufactured by roll-to-roll printing method, is quick and easy to use. The surface to be monitored is simply moistened and wiped with the test card. The result is available immediately, as a colour change indicates if protein residues remain on the surface.

The innovation successfully combines chemical expertise with various materials and advanced printing technology. The Scientific Advisory Board states that the reasoning behind giving this particular innovation award focuses on its multidisciplinary nature and the productive collaboration between the corporate and research sectors.

The Chemical Industry Innovation Award is a biennial award which aims to recognise outstanding achievement, with industrial-scale applications. The sum awarded is 20,000 euros and this is the 11th time it has been granted.

The Chemical Industry Federation of Finland established the award to encourage research scientists in chemical fields to undertake creative and innovative activities. It also promotes the commercialisation of new innovations and entrepreneurial activity in the field.

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