Freiburg, April 12, 2021. Spindiag GmbH has been successful in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021. The international jury has awarded Rhonda the distinction “Red Dot”, which stands for high design quality.

Rhonda – Safe. Simple. Efficient.

The Rhonda rapid testing system allows PCR tests, a standard in infection diagnostics, to be performed by trained medical staff directly at the point of care. The testing system is developed for the detection of bacterial and viral pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2. The system allows patients to be tested – and isolated if needed – in well under one hour.

The design of the testing system is very simple to use to enable all medical staff to carry out high-grade diagnostic tests rapidly and with ease as part of their clinical routine.

Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec on the laureates

“The winners of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021 were particularly impressive this year. The design of their products is excellent, in terms of both the aesthetic and the functionality. It’s not easy to prevail in such a strong field of competitors and to win over our jury. Consequently, I want to congratulate the laureates very sincerely on their success,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot.

Evaluation platform for good design

The Red Dot Award: Product Design dates back as far as 1955 and recognises the best products for a given year. The roughly 50 jurors were once again true to the motto “In search of good design and innovation” in the 2021 competition. The international panel of experts comprises specialists from a wide variety of sectors. They scrutinised the products entered in the competition in a process that spanned several days and were guided by assessment criteria such as the product’s formal quality, ergonomics, and longevity.

Rhonda in exhibitions, online and in the yearbook

Rhonda can be seen in the online exhibition on the Red Dot website from June 21, 2021. That date also marks the beginning of the Red Dot Design Week, during which this year’s award winners and Rhonda will be celebrated online.

From June 22, 2021, Rhonda will also be included in the exhibition “Design on Stage” in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, where all the award-winning products are showcased. Visitors to the museum can experience the quality of the designs in a space that features contemporary design solutions and historical industrial architecture. The Red Dot Design Yearbook 2021/2022 comes out in August. The publication provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the art and trends in product design.


About Spindiag GmbH:

Spindiag GmbH, based in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany, was founded in 2016 by a team of internationally renowned experts in the fields of microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip technology, and life sciences. Based on proprietary microfluidic technology developed at Hahn-Schickard and the University of Freiburg, Spindiag advanced the technology and implemented the fully automated Rhonda testing system as a sustainable platform for infection control and now registered the CE-IVD mark for a PCR-based rapid COVID-19 test for use at the point of care. Since its foundation, the company has raised a total of EUR 24.9 million (USD 27.1 million) in four financing rounds for product development and preparation for market entry. Spindiag’s innovative technology has won several prizes awarded by experts from the healthcare industry, including the CODE_n–Contest by B. Braun and the Health-i Award by Techniker Krankenkasse and Handelsblatt. The company is EN ISO 13485 certified.

Rhonda is a registered trademark of Spindiag GmbH.

About the Red Dot Design Award:

In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. With more than 18,000 entries, the Red Dot Award is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after distinction “Red Dot” has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. The award winners are presented in the yearbooks, museums and online. More information is available at

Press contact at Spindiag GmbH:

Simone Schuemmelfeder
Head of Marketing
Phone: +49 761 600 49 660

Press contact at Red Dot:

Julia Hesse
Senior Manager PR & Communications
Red Dot GmbH & Co. KG
Martin-Kremmer-Straße 14-16
45327 Essen
Phone: +49 201 838885–58