27 April 2021

April 27, 2021: COSMED Q-NRG Metabolic Monitor won the Red Dot Award 2021

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April 27, 2021: COSMED Q-NRG Metabolic Monitor won the Red Dot Award 2021

Rome - April 27, 2021

COSMED, a worldwide leader in the design of metabolic systems for clinical and human performance applications, was a winner of this year’s Red Dot Award, with the Metabolic Monitor Q-NRG.

This Product Design competition has existed since 1954. Its award, the Red Dot, is an internationally recognised quality seal. Only products of excellent design quality will win an award from the jury and can use the high-impact, internationally recognised Red Dot winner label. The competition will focus on smart and innovative products, as they are in with an even-better chance of garnering a distinction. 

We are proud to inform that Q-NRG and Q-NRG+ were selected by the jury for the Red Dot Award Product Design 2021 in the Medical Technology category with its unique combination of design and non-invasive technology to accurately measure energy expenditure to optimize individual nutrition programmes.

This year, the jurors were particularly struck by the high level of innovation of the award-winning entries. From cars and robots to medical technology and packaging, numerous winning products offer solutions to contemporary problems and thus make a key contribution to the further development of global living standards.

Q-NRG and Q-NRG+ utilizes Indirect Calorimetry (IC) technology, the Gold Standard to accurately measure Resting Energy Expenditure (REE)— a patient’s calorie needs while at rest. Clinicians can use Q-NRG to determine energy targets, prescribe and administer the appropriate nutrition therapy for their patients.
Q-NRG is the ultimate tool for research in metabolic response at resting, to develop individual weight management programs and optimize energy balance.

IC is recommended in Guidelines from nutrition societies around the world, including the European Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN) and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). 

Q-NRG is designed to be a point-of-care technology. The device requires minimal warm-up and calibration time and can deliver readings in as few as five minutes. Results are displayed in real-time in a user-friendly “dashboard” on the device’s screen. Q-NRG Metabolic Monitor was developed by COSMED R&D and Marketing Teams in collaboration with Design Partner LTD.

More information about Q-NRG can be found in the “Winners” section of the Red Dot Award website:

Discover more about Q-NRG and Q-NRG+ 




COSMED, established in 1980, is a privately-owned company that designs and manufacturers cardiopulmonary and metabolic diagnostic equipment. COSMED solutions address needs of the healthcare, academics, and industry markets to assess human metabolism, exercise physiology, pulmonary function and body composition for clinical and research purposes. COSMED products include a full range of spirometers, indirect calorimetry, cardiopulmonary exercise testing and body composition systems including software. COSMED headquarters are located in Rome, Italy with direct operations in Australia, France, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, Hong Kong and United States, and a network of business partners covering more than 80 countries.


About the Red Dot Award

Red Dot stands for belonging to the best in design and business. The international design competition, the “Red Dot Design Award”, is aimed at all those who would like to distinguish their business activities through design. The distinction is based on the principle of selection and presentation. Excellent design is selected by competent expert juries in the areas of product design, communication design, and design concepts. The accolade of the Red Dot Design Award, the “Red Dot”, is an internationally recognised quality label for excellent design.