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July 5, 2016

BDAS+ Wins Bronze in IDEA 2016

Along with our client DECON7 Systems, we’re proud to announce that the D7 BDAS+ (Biological Decontaminant Accelerated Spray Plus) has been named a Bronze winner in the 36th annual International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) conducted by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). IDSA Board of Directors Chair John Barratt hails the competition as “the authority on design,” showcasing new designs in products that are used every day, and products featuring first-of-a-kind innovations.

BDAS+ is a breakthrough product — rugged in design and materials, and tested in extreme environments — that is rapidly and easily deployable in crisis situations such as public health and natural disasters. Its primary users are military personnel; homeland security; law enforcement; and first responders. The ready-to-use, handheld dispenser houses D7 — a proprietary solution created by DECON7 Systems to neutralize harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds); hazardous industrial chemicals; chemical and biological warfare agents; and bodily fluids. Until the launch of BDAS+, this product category had seen little innovation in decades. 

BDAS+ is among more than 1,700 design projects from 30-plus countries that competed in IDEA 2016. Jury Chair Cameron Campbell, IDSA, led a team of global design experts from June 3rd to 6th at the iconic Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI to judge more than 600 finalists. (Approximately one-third of all entries become finalists, and about 20% of these win IDEAs.) The result — 26 Gold; 47 Silver; and 63 Bronze IDEA winners that span a wide range of 21 categories such as social impact; medical and scientific innovations; transportation; home and garden; office; personal accessories; children’s products; sporting goods; and much more. BDAS+ won Bronze in the Commercial & Industrial Products category. 

IDEA 2016 winners will be showcased in an exhibition that opens July 11th at The Henry Ford.

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