Two of 3M’s advanced technologies were selected as recipients of the 2017 Edison Award in April — a global recognition honoring innovators that create a positive impact in the world. The 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 from 3M Food Safety received a Gold and 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner from 3M Oral Care received a Bronze Edison Award in the Diagnostic Tools category.
Category finalists were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medicine. Winners were chosen for their excellence in concept, value, delivery and impact.
The 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 platform is the next generation of tests for 3M’s previously Edison-awarded 3M Molecular Detection System. Powered by isothermal DNA Amplification and bioluminescence detection, the technology makes molecular detection of foodborne pathogens simpler and faster, providing speed and ease in identifying Salmonella, Listeria, Listeria monocytogenes, and E. coli O157 (including H7) in food or environment-collected samples, and Cronobacter for powdered infant formula.
Using a single assay protocol for all pathogens, it enables batch processing of up to 96 different samples at once and improving efficiency in the laboratory, the company said, adding that the tests enhancement with a proprietary 3M nanotechnology gives processors a streamlined workflow that simplifies their pathogen detection, enabling same- or next-day results and faster, more confident food safety decisions.
“At 3M, we work to enhance food safety by offering transformational technology that protects the health of consumers while optimizing productivity, and protecting the brands of our customers,” said Polly Foss, vice president and general manager for 3M Food Safety. “Therefore, we are especially proud to receive this honor as it showcases our commitment to innovative solutions that bring about safety and quality in our food supply.”
The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. The Edison Awards have been recognizing and honoring the best innovations and innovators since 1987. For more information about the Edison Awards, please visit http://www.edisonawards.com.