DirectSens GmbH won this year’s innovation award “Mercur 2017” in the category “Life Science” and was awarded the “Start-up Star”.

For the 30th time, the Vienna Chamber of Commerce awarded the Mercur Innovation Prize. Around 200 guests came to the awards ceremony on 14 November in the Dome Hall of the Vienna University of Technology. From more than 100 applications, DirectSens GmbH won the prize in the category “Life Science” and additionally the award “Start-up Star”.

DirectSens has managed to translate the results of basic research into a business idea and a marketable product, according to the jury. The lactose biosensor test kit Lactosens has already been successfully established in the global market. With the help of the DirectSens enzyme technology even low lactose concentrations can be measured quickly and precisely. In parallel, DirectSens is developing a glucose sensor for diabetics that outperforms conventional systems in terms of performance, accuracy and cost.

DirectSens GmbH is nominated for the State Prize Innovation and for the SME Award Econovius as representative of Vienna.

Fotocredit: Florian Wieser