Award Details

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. (Please note that applications for this year are closed.)

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 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting, September 26-30, in Atlanta, Georgia, 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 $5,000 cash award.
  • Free one-year AACC memberships for two (2) additional team members.
  • Coverage by AACC.