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24 October, 2013 - 11:08 By Tony Quested

Bug busting technology wins IfM Innovation award


Microbial monitoring technology from Cambridge UK company Bactest has won a major open innovation award.

The company’s bug busting device Speedy Breedy won the Open Innovation Forum on Food and Drink, sponsored by the Institute of Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge.

Facing ‘dragons’ from Mars, Unilever, Tesco, GSK and General Mills who voted on the winner, Speedy Breedy beat 17 other innovative products and services set to revolutionise the food and drink industry.

The judges decision was based on the technology’s:• Ability to solve a real problem in the industry.• Innovative approach to the problem of food safety.• Commercial viability.

Bactest’s science officer Darren Hermes accepted the award. The technology has attracted major recent investment and the range of potential applications is being broadened continually.

Originally devised for the medical market, Speedy Breedy is also seen as a key player in water quality testing and most recently has attracted the attention of major brewers.

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