February 1, 2006 — Frankfurt, Germany — Rap.ID has been nominated for the Innovation Award of the German Economy in the category Start-Up , for its novel Particle Explorer. The innovative measurement system not only identifies particles, but even distinguishes individual microbes. As Dr. Markus Lankers, Head of Research and Technology at rap.ID, pointed out, “it is the sensitivity and specifity as a result of the fully-automated distinction between individual germs that makes our Particle Explorer truly unique. Within seconds, any layman could now assess the potential risk of a germ. The sensitivity and speed of the method are unequalled.”
Until now, even leading-edge measurement technology took at least 4 to 12 hours to distinguish, for example, a life-threatening pathogen from a harmless bacterium. By abandoning one duplication step, the Particle Explorer reduces this period to 3 minutes. The time saved in this way can be invested in proper therapy and countermeasures. And that is only one of many examples of how precious time is won through using this innovative technology.
Ever since prototype development in 1999, the basic concept of the Particle Explorer