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>99% Accuracy in 30 Minutes or Less
While completing her PhD studies at Yale University, CEO and Founder Monika Weber first questioned why bacteria related illnesses occurred so frequently and took so long to treat. Typically, in order to detect bacterial contamination, samples must be cultured for a few days on a petri dish. Samples must then be sent away for DNA analysis. Recognizing the importance of early detection in order to increase rapid response, Dr. Weber sought to change the 140-year-old petri dish to a microchip.
During the construction of the first prototype, widespread foodborne illness struck Europe. Within a few weeks, thousands of people fell ill from water and food contamination. Health officials faced containment issues as E. coli was not identified as the source of the disease within critical detection times. The delay in information resulted in 53 confirmed deaths. Dr. Weber, a native of Poland, resolved to move forward with her lab on a chip technology in light of the severity of the outbreak.
Using electric forces to control bacteria motion in water, Dr. Weber discovered a method of concentrating and identifying bacteria in fluid samples. Her technology identifies bacteria in 30 minutes with greater than 99% accuracy. Some day, concentrating and identifying bacteria will be as fast as loading a TEDx Talk on Youtube.