What kind of test could win the Longitude Prize?

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Longitude team
Infographic criteria Longitude prize

We have diverse multi-disciplinary teams from more than 40 countries designing diagnostic tests to detect bacterial infections, competing for the Longitude Prize, but what will it take to win?

This infographic explains the most important criteria required for teams to meet in their test design to be considered for the prize, from being easily used and accessible by anyone, to pumping out its results in 30 minutes from the moment the sample is taken. The winning test will help reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics and/or help medical professionals know which antibiotic to use when.

Better use of antibiotics means less resistance.

The Longitude Prize test is one important means of ensuring that we do not return to the pre-antibiotic era when people died of simple infections and procedures which were tied to life-threatening risk.

The test needs to bring novelty to diagnosing infections; tweaking existing tests is not going to win the Longitude Prize. It must also be easy-to-use.  

The idea is that someone with minimal training could run this point-of-care test. We are not looking for a test that would be processed in a lab by a technician, but rather in a health clinic, at someone’s bedside in hospital, in a pharmacy or even at home. A test designed to to tick the 7 mandatory boxes on the right side of the above graphic under “A winning test must be...” should win the £8 million prize payout.

Which team will have what it takes?

See the rules and how to apply

Is your team struggling with some technical challenges? You are not alone. See what one team is facing to make their test truly point-of-care.

To find out about the teams, visit our teams page. If your team would like to be introduced to another team to explore collaborate, please longitude [dot] prize [at] nesta [dot] co [dot] uk (let us know).

To see winners of our seed funding awards, visit the Discovery Award pages.


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