Disruptive Technology Award

A search for the next innovative testing solution that will transform patient care

Deadline: February 7, 2022


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About the Award

AACC’s Disruptive Technology Award competition recognizes innovative testing and disruptive technology solutions that improve patient care through diagnostic performance or access to high quality testing.

Who Can Apply?

All technology developers are eligible regardless of company/organization size, including in vitro diagnostic vendors and academic developers. Applicants should be able to present supporting data for their technology and must demonstrate some application to the field of laboratory diagnostics, including (but not limited to) areas such as: novel diagnostic sensors/devices, novel tests/reagents, point-of-care testing, and artificial intelligence.

Prize Details

All applicants will have their submissions reviewed by an expert panel and will receive constructive feedback on their technologies.

5 to 7 semifinalists will receive:

  • Four (4) complimentary registrations for the 2022 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting, July 24 – 28, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois, where they will get valuable face time with leaders in the in vitro diagnostic industry and research communities, as well as access to educational and poster sessions.
  • A kiosk in the Clinical Lab Expo hall where they can showcase their technology throughout the duration of the Expo.
  • Free one-year AACC memberships for up to three (3) team members.

3 finalists will also:

  • Present data on their technology in a special session during the Annual Scientific Meeting. During this session, a panel of expert judges will evaluate all presented testing solutions based on feasibility and performance. The audience will also vote for their favorite technology.
  • Have the opportunity to attend AACC's invitation-only Corporate Recognition Reception after the competition, where finalists will be able to connect with leaders from top diagnostic companies.
  • Receive valuable input from assigned mentors as they prepare for their presentations.

The winner will be chosen at the end of the session and will receive:

  • A cash award.
  • Free one-year AACC memberships for two (2) additional team members.
  • Coverage by AACC.


  • Week of October 25: Application launched.
  • February 7, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time: Application deadline.
  • April 20: Semifinalists announced.
  • May: Semifinalists present to Organizing Committee.
  • June 8: Finalists announced.
  • Mid-June to early-July: Finalists and assigned mentors coordinate further presentation review.
  • Monday, July 25: Finalists required to present at a special session during the 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. The winner will be chosen at the end of the session.

Please note that this timeline may be subject to change.


Please email AACC Education with any questions about the competition.

Expo Only Registration Is Open

AACC’s Clinical Lab Expo gives attendees the opportunity to explore new advances that ignite our collective passion for discovery and practical solutions that fit your lab’s needs.

2021 Competition

Congratulations to the 2021 Disruptive Technology Award winner, Day Zero Diagnostics, Inc.. Find out more about them and other contestants from past competitions.