Need a Checkup? NuTec Provides Disease Diagnosis With Your Smartphone

September 4, 2014

6:00 pm

Get ready to have your mind blown.

Miami-based bio technology startup Entopsis is launching today their Kickstarted campaign to raise money for the development of NuTec, a molecular profiler for your smartphone.

NuTec is a molecularly modified glass slide with unlimited applications. The microscope slide contains molecule binding pockets that create patterns for detections (so think of how keys have certains patterns for a specific lock). You use that slide to test and then once incubated for a few minutes,  take a picture using your phone and upload it to their cloud server for machine-intelligent analysis.

“This is meant to be very simple. You won’t even need to understand any of the complicated terms that come with medical diagnosis. It’s about early detection at the palm of your hand for a low cost,” explains Entopsis co-founder Obdulio Piloto.

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The immediate benefit from this Kickstarter is the ability to detect harmful bacteria in your food or counterfeit medications. But the long-term plan is to be able to diagnose life-threatening desease within minutes using a smartphone. Entopsis is currently funded by Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs. In Miami, the company conducts their research from UM Life Science & Technology Park.

The idea is that in the future, first and third-world doctors alike will have access to quick, cheap an effective testing method for early detections of any abnormality present in any liquid. A remote village just needs to have one smartphone and many lives can be saved.

Preventive diagnosis should be as simple as tracking heart rates through our smartphones.

Just think of the possibilities and how many lives can be saved.

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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