SA award for LBT Innovations

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LBT Innovations has been awarded the 2017 SA Science Excellence Award for 'Excellence in Research Collaboration'.

The award recognises excellence in developing a world leading intelligent medical device in South Australia, and the collaboration between the University of Adelaide, Australian Centre for Visual Technologies and LBT Innovations.

Created by the Government of South Australia, Department of State Development, the awards celebrate those who have made a significant contribution in their field of research and continue to inspire future generations to become involved in science.

According to CEO and managing director Brent Barnes, “It’s fantastic to receive the acknowledgement of a successful research collaboration. Establishing an open innovation platform facilitates collaboration across multiple disciplines, starting with research to invent and create new technological capability. This, coupled with commercialisation partnerships are needed to ultimately ensure the final product generates returns for the company and our shareholders, which for LBT is critical.” 

LBT says it has identified a significant unmet customer need within the clinical microbiology culture plate workflow, whereby manual processes were the norm, and specialist Microbiologists continue to be difficult to find.

The company's Automated Plate Assessment Systems (APAS) was invented through its collaboration with the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Visual Technologies (ACVT). 

APAS is a breakthrough artificial intelligence technology for the automated imaging, image analysis, interpretation and reporting of growth on microbiology culture plates after incubation. The APAS independence is designed to improve the clinical efficiency of microbiology labs and enables faster diagnosis and reporting of infectious diseases.