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Dr.Flask / Medical device

Dr.Flask
Dr.Flask

iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD_01 2020

iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD_01 2020

An estimated 8 million of the 34 million antibiotic prescriptions written each year in England are unnecessary. One of the factors driving overuse of antibiotics is an inability to tell whether an infection is caused by bacteria or virus. Dr.Flask uses biosensor technology to identify common respiratory bacterial infections from a sputum (saliva) sample. The basic results are indicated by bright-colored marks at the bottom of the flask, and more detailed information about the infection can be found on the supporting app. This works a bit like a pregnancy test for coughs, colds and flus – it gives you a diagnosis that allows you to know the best next steps to take.

We’re excited to receive this award the iF Design Talent Award. We believe it is vital to tackle the issue of growing resistance to antibiotics, and hope our design accelerates the development of effective self-testing tools for bacterial and viral infections. Especially in situations like the current crisis, such diagnostic tools can save lives!
Winner Statement
University

Industrial Deisgn College,

Industrial Deisgn College,
Hubei University of Technology
Wuhan, China

Dongzhu Jiang,
Roayl College of Art

Ruijing Yan,
Roayl College of Art

Farquharson Jedidiah,
Imperial College London