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PaperDNA M2 Reader

Lead DesignersNikolaus Frank
Prize(s)Bronze in Other Products Designs / Other Products designs
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Entry Description

The PaperDNA is an authentication solution to prevent fraud in medicals, based on the inherent micro topography of paper fiber pulp. The authentication label is the codified micro topography of the surface on which is printed and will not work if duplicated or copied into any other surface.
When the M2 Reader is placed in a pharmacy environment, the customer can verify products by reading the label with M2 Reader. The display stand has a touch screen to get the opportunity for more information.


Designs products and develops new ideas for current development and production, but also for future products, making use of new, emerging and future technologies.

Has designed transport, lighting, books, electrical appliances, media, telecom and musical instruments, working with international design groups and development teams in UK, North America, and with companies in Asia.

Nikolaus Frank was previously VP/Head of Industrial Design at Ericsson Mobile Communication, Division Consumer Products, where he initiated a new design centre and a new design line for the company's products.

Awards and Prize

GOOD DESIGN™ Award. The Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design, CHICAGO/USA, 2018 (2), 2017 (2), 2016, 2015 (2), 2014 (2),2013 (2), 2012, 2011 (2), 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2004 (2), 2003, 2002, 1995
IDA Design Awards, 2018 Silver Award, Honorable Mention, Los Angeles
European Product Design Award, Silver 2018
Silver, A'Design Award 2018
IDA Design Awards, 2017 Bronze Award, Los Angeles
Silver, A'Design Award 2017, Milan
Gold, A'Design Award 2016, Milan
German Design Award 2016, Special Award, Berlin
Spark:Product Design, Finalist, 2015, 2012, USA
German Design Award, nominated for one product 2015, two products 2014, Berlin
Spark:Concept Finalist, 2012, USA
MA Prize – Green Dwelling. Honorable Mention for conceptual project 2012, Atlanta
Spark:Concept Gold Award, 2012, USA
Spark: Pro Gold Award, 2011, USA
”Outstanding Technology Innovation”, Connected TV Awards, 2011, London
CSI Award (Ericsson IPTV Remote Product), 2010, Las Vegas
Excellent Swedish Design, 2002, 1995, 1993, Stockholm
IDEA Industrial Design Excellence Award 2001, Gold Award with IDEO, for design work with Amtrak Acela High Speed Train, USA
Award of Excellence 1999, 1997, Honorable Mention, 1995, LG Electronics International Design Competition , Seoul
GOOD DESIGN™ Exhibition. Product selected for exhibition and permanent collection. The Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design, 1998, 1997, 1996
Finalist, 8th International Design Competition 1997, Osaka
iF Award for Good Industrial Design 1995. IndustriForum, Hannover
The 2:nd Design The Future International Competition, 1991, Prize winner, Tokyo
"Design for the future", 1990, Prize winner, Stockholm
Forma Finlandia international design competition 1990, Helsinki
Yamaha Audio System International Design Competition, 1989, Prize winner, Tokyo
"New light over Stockholm", 1989, First prize, Scandinavian light design competition, Stockholm
Electrolux design competition, 1986, First prize.