In 2005 Lars Thomsen received the Danish Engineering Society High-Tech Award for the development of a fully automated biological warfare agent detection chip. The award was given to Lars Thomsen although he didnt hold an engineering degree but had an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in biology/biophysics. The price come with a 100.000 DKK personal award and was presented by Mr. Haldor Topsoe – the highly respected founder of the Haldor Topsoe company.
The system had at this point been successfully tested in military field trials in Denmark and UK (Porton Down, DSTL)
The award was widely covered by the Danish press: