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The Future of Medicine...

San Diego. June 2018.

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Thank you to all the participants and the amazing audience. Special thanks to Dr. Erik Viirre and The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination!



Basil Leaf Tech at Jefferson...

Basil was honored to participate in the Mark L. Tykocinski, MD  Endowed Lecture at Thomas Jefferson University.

Many thanks to the Spivack Family and the generosity of Dr. Alfred Spivack SKMC ’54 (1928-2016). Info about the MARK L. TYKOCINSKI, MD ENDOWED LECTURE

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Lankenau Leaders

Winter 2018

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Merging Medicine, Engineering, and Design to Revolutionize Digital Healthcare


In an episode of the 1960s science fiction series Star Trek, Dr. McCoy utters one of his famous catchphrases: “I’m a doctor, not an engineer!” Basil Harris, MD ’02, PhD, happens to be both, which gave him an advantage in bringing McCoy’s “medical tricorder”—a portable diagnostic device—from television to reality.

In January 2012, XPRIZE and Qualcomm announced a global competition to develop a handheld consumer device that enables people to “make their own reliable health diagnoses anywhere, anytime.” When Harris heard about it a year later, he realized that such a device would have to replicate what he does as an emergency medical physician.

“We have to make these quick decisions. We have to make diagnoses with quick streams of basic information,” he says.

Harris has a master’s degree in structural engineering from Drexel and a PhD in engineering from Cornell, where he became interested in bioengineering and modeling medical systems. That led him to SKMC, where he worked on biomechanics with Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA, and Alan Hilbrand, MD, at the Rothman Institute. After graduation, Harris completed a residency at Jefferson in emergency medicine and has worked in the Lankenau Medical Center emergency department since.

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Clinical OMICS NOV-DEC 2017

Point–of–Care Testing Revs Up

by Malorye Allison Branca 

A host of new technologies and tests are allowing faster diagnosis and improved patient care across a range of conditions 

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Technologist of the Year

2017 Technologist of the Year

Philly Geek Award!!

Final Frontier Medical Devices -- a team by Basil Leaf Technologies

check out a cool overview by XPRIZE...


Of the 300 teams that joined the pursuit of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, Final Frontier Medical Devices and Dynamical Biomarkers Group were both announced winners at the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE awards ceremony on April 12, 2017.

Final Frontier Medical Devices was announced the highest performing team and received $2.6M for their achievement and Dynamical Biomarkers Group received $1M for 2nd place. Both teams exceeded the competition requirements for user experience, nearly met the challenging audacious benchmarks for diagnosing the 13 disease states, and with their prototypes, have taken humanity one step closer to realizing Gene Roddenberry’s 23rd century sci-fi vision. XPRIZE congratulates Final Frontier Medical Devices and Dynamical Biomarkers Group on their amazing achievements.

In celebration of efforts that inspire others to take risks and strive for “moonshots”, even if ultimately they do not win the XPRIZE, team Cloud DX was also recognized as XPRIZE’s first Bold Epic Innovator receiving $100,000, sponsored by Qualcomm Foundation.

If Star Trek ever had you wishing that a checkup to make sure you live long and prosper was as easy as being scanned with a tricorder, the handheld diagnostic device will soon beam down to earth and up into space.

While you might not have your blood pressure checked by the nameless hologram doctor in Star Trek: Voyager (whose version of the gadget is the most akin to what we’re seeing today), these things will soon be taking vitals in emergency rooms, battlefield hospitals, refugee camps, and yes, the final frontier. Even the team that prototyped this thing is called—you guessed it—Final Frontier Medical Devices (FFMD).

Oh, and they’re all bona fide Trekkies. FFMD development team member Philip Charron confirmed that he and his colleagues are all “Star Trek nerds.” That would probably be why their lightweight device, whose digital brain can monitor vital signs and diagnose a number of commonly occurring health conditions, won first place in the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize competition. Their model is called DxtER and ironically pronounced just like the name of the serial killer on the smash Showtime series. Creepy coincidence aside, it was designed through the quick-thinking lens of emergency room doctor and FFMD co-founder Basil Harris. Artificial intelligence will give DxtER non-invasive diagnostic abilities that can confirm you have a raging sinus infection thousands of miles from Earth.

"It would be amazing if the tricorder actually made it back out into space again," said Charron, with Mars in mind. "That would be a great application for something like this."

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SPACE.COM: Tricorders in Space: Not Just a 'Star Trek' Dream Anymore

By Mike Wall, Senior Writer | August 1, 2017 01:17pm ET

A tricorder may soon be an essential part of every voyaging astronaut's tool kit, and not just on "Star Trek."

Handheld diagnostic devices akin to the tricorders famously wielded by doctors in the "Star Trek" universe are poised to find their way into people's homes, emergency rooms, refugee camps, battlefield hospitals and perhaps even the final frontier, developers of the gear say.

"All of this is all going to be possible in a short period of time," Philip Charron, a member of the Final Frontier Medical Devices (FFMD) team that developed a prototype tricorder, said Monday (July 31) at the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in San Diego.

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International Workshop on Innovative Technologies for Chemical Security

Basil Leaf Technologies is honored to participate in the International Workshop on Innovative Technologies for Chemical Security. Hosted by the Brazilian Academy of Science, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has sought out organizations and researchers that have produced outcomes that could help our planet's global security.

Rio de Janeiro

AI for Good Global Summit

Artificial Intelligence for Good

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Future Tech Podcast


Like the tablet and sliding door, the tricorder is a technology inspired by Star Trek that exists today as a reality. In the show, the tricorder was a handheld device used by the doctors to find out and diagnose the condition of patients. You could scan someone, and get everything you needed to know. This was the object of Qualcomm Tricorder Xprize competition: to build a tricorder. And Dr. Basil Harris did. That’s why it exists today. 

“Being a long time trekkie and science fiction fan, this was awesome just to be part of,” says Harris. 

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Villanova ECE Adjunct Professor Part of Winning Team for Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE

In April, Paoli, PA-based Basil Leaf Technologies—under the name “Final Frontier Medical Devices”—was announced as the top winner of the $2.5M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. Sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation, the competition calls for teams to develop a consumer-focused, mobile device capable of diagnosing 13 medical conditions and continuously capturing five vital health metrics—all within a well-designed consumer experience. Villanova University Electrical and Computer Engineering adjunct professor Edward Hepler, PhD, serves on Basil Leaf Technologies’ Executive Board of Managers and was a member of the winning team.

The company’s prototype, DxtER, is a portable device capable of collecting and interpreting large amounts of data to accurately diagnose specific medical conditions, provide users with real-time insight regarding their health, and guide them to appropriate action. According to its press release, “Our device gives users access to continuous, reliable health data - the information patients and providers need to more effectively manage chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.”

Dr. Hepler, a technology leader with a broad range of experience in product and embedded system specification, design and implementation, was part of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE team that included physicians, engineers, designers, health policy experts, mobile technology and sensor professionals. His 35-plus years of experience includes designing high reliability processors used for electronic switching for Bell Laboratories, participating in various hardware and software projects for the Space Systems Division of General Electric, and developing chips for next generation Amiga machines at Commodore Business Machines. Most recently, Dr. Hepler held the position of Fellow (technical equivalent of Vice President), Embedded Systems Architecture at InterDigital Communications, wherehe provided the implementation architecture for 3G and 4G cellular modems and led a team that explored the use of “reconfigurable” computer architecture to implement a multi-mode (2G, 3G/R4, 3G/R7, LTE) modem.

An adjunct professor at Villanova since 1984, Dr. Hepler teaches courses in Digital Systems, Computer Architecture and VLSI Design.

By Mike Dougherty on June 14, 2017 

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Star Trek fans know the “Tricorder” is a magical medical device that can read a person’s vital signs and much more in just seconds.

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“This is something to make doctors jobs more efficient,” he said.

He and the team Basil Leaf [Technologies] of Paoli brought the product to Lankenau Medical Center for a trial.

“My reaction was ‘Oh my God, this thing worked,’ and patients love it,” Harris said.

After winning the Qualcomm contest, now he says the real work begins.

“We’re going through clinical trials to get FDA approval for each of the components of the kit so we can build up the kit and get this thing out there to market,” Harris said.

. . . Listen to the whole story HERE

Special thanks to  Marvin Weinberger ! As well as many thanks to  Zack Seward  (Editor-in-Chief of ), all the organizers, sponsors, and participants for an awesome time at the Philadelphia  Makers Meetup  at the  Quorum at the Science Center . 

Special thanks to Marvin Weinberger! As well as many thanks to Zack Seward (Editor-in-Chief of, all the organizers, sponsors, and participants for an awesome time at the Philadelphia Makers Meetup at the Quorum at the Science Center

Marvin Weinberger  JUNE 13, 2017

The June Makers Meetup has it all: crazy disruptive med-tech (for use even by untrained consumers) - a self-funded David vs. many Goliaths - worldwide public health benefits -artificial intelligence - hometown heroes and, of course, Star Trek.

Ah yes, Star Trek. The original series profoundly changed our world culture ("I'm giving it all she's got, Captain"; "Beam me up, Scotty"; and, perhaps most famously, may you "Live long and prosper").

However, the technologies which Gene Roddenberry imagined have had an even greater impact. The dream of the 'Communicator' has become cellphones. Google has delivered on the idea of a 'Universal Translator'. And now, the 'Tricorder' has arrived to change the planet, 250 years ahead of schedule. 

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Also, check out what Marvin has lined up in September: The 'Make' Revolution with Dale Dougherty --- We can't wait!


It’s a laid back Friday evening in San Jose, but judging by his huge grin and enthusiastic handshakes, Dr. Basil Harris is as excited as can be. Harris has just arrived from the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE awards ceremony in Los Angeles, where he and his team were announced as winners of the grueling five year competition. In what could be considered a victory tour of sorts, Basil and his brother and co-inventor George made a stop in the Bay Area to show off their winning device before heading home to Philadelphia.

The event wasn’t a medical conference or technology symposium, however. Rather, it was a media welcome reception for the annual Silicon Valley Comic Con. Alongside Star Trek celebrities like William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols, Harris was invited as a guest to spend a few hours demonstrating his own contribution to Star Trek. From Harris’ big smile, you could tell that he was proud of his team’s accomplishment and enjoyed sharing it with the press. But the big highlight for Harris was when the show’s owner, Apple co-founder and tech legend Steve Wozniak, arrived to meet the guests. Excited, nervous, and a little starstruck, Harris gave a quick demo of DxtER to “the Woz”, even jokingly blaming his increasing heart rate readings on “the Woz’s” presence.

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Hosted by Leo Laporte

Hosted by Leo Laporte and Nathan Olivarez-Giles.

Watch a CLIP with Dr. Basil Harris of Basil Leaf Technologies.

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Henrik Fohns

The first couple of minutes are in Danish... then it's mostly an interview with Basil and Phil.


Podcast: Mange mennesker kan ikke lide at gå til lægen og blive undersøgt. Og det kan de måske undgå i fremtiden, hvis de har en tricorder i medicinskabet. Vært: Henrik Føhns.

The Innovation Show

Aidan McCullen

The Innovation Show -- PLAY IT

Artificial Intelligence Bias, Universal Basic Income, Star Trek Medical Devices and the Democratisation of Health Diagnosis.

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These ER Docs Invented a Real Star Trek Tricorder


The original 1960s Star Trek series took place in a universe of the future with personal communicators, holograms, and the technology to send humans beyond our solar system. In many ways that future is here. We have smartphones, virtual reality, space travel — and now the tricorder. 

In the show, the tricorder was a handheld medical device that could scan a patient, read his or her vital signs, and diagnose problems in minutes. A working prototype invented by a Philadelphia-based emergency room physician Basil Harris may not look like the ones used by Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy and Commander Beverly Crusher throughout the sci-fi series, but it's advanced enough to offer a medical diagnosis in minutes and anyone can use it.



This Tight-Knit Family Built A Star Trek Style Tricorder and Won An XPRIZE

By Greg Satell, Author, Mapping Innovation

What would be an impossible dream for most people is just family fun for the Harrises


Basil Leaf Tech and DxtER on the air...

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The Pulse on NewsWorks (NPR/WHYY): Underdogs win cash to make 'Star Trek' device a reality


The challenge was to build a "Star Trek"–inspired 'tricorder' — a medical device that can diagnose dozens of diseases from the palm of your hand.

In April, Final Frontier Medical Devices was one of two teams left standing in the multimillion-dollar Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Competition.  . . .  more

Listen to the whole story: Underdogs win cash to make 'Star Trek' device a reality

Popping the Bubbl Podcast: 

May 12, 2017 || Pete A. Turner

This episode of Popping the Bubbl has Jon filling in as co-host for Sandra who was busy making the SFNew Tech and Latina Geeks events happen. Jon and I traveled to theXPrize offices in LA to meet and interview Dr. Basil Harris, members of his family and team.

Dr. Basil Harris and his brother George formed Basil Leaf Technologies in 2012. Their goal -- to create a tricorder just like the one used in Star Trek. Four years later the Harris brothers and their team presented DxtER™ which ultimately won First Prize in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition.   . . .  more

Listen to the whole story: Meet DxtER™the Tricorder

Radio New Zealand: Doctor in a box: a diagnosis machine

From This Way Up, 12:15 pm on 29 April 2017

A medical device inspired by Star Trekand powered by artificial intelligence can test for 13 different medical conditions without a doctor in sight.

Basil Harris is an accident and emergency doctor who designed the DxtER - a diagnosis machine that's won an international competition organised by the X Prize Foundation and worth millions of dollars.   . . .  more

Listen to the whole story: Doctor in a box: a diagnosis machine

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Science News for Students

Star Trek gets closer to becoming home tech

Winners of an invention contest built handheld medical devices inspired by science fiction.

By STEPHEN ORNES  ||  MAY 2, 2017

A half-century ago, the television series Star Trek introduced the world to the idea of a handheld device called a tricorder. It had a range of functions, including medical ones. For example, it easily diagnosed injuries and disease in the Starfleet crew. Now, aspects of this science fiction invention are becoming reality. A device called DxtER has just won a multi-million-dollar competition. One day soon, the winners hope, such a tricorder-like device might become part of regular home health care — much like a medical thermometer is today.


Basil Leaf Technologies takes top prize in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition

Phil Charron


Paoli-Based Startup, Basil Leaf Technologies takes top prize in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE

Paoli, Pa. (April 12, 2017) – Basil Leaf Technologies has been announced as the top winner of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a 5-year global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation for teams to develop a consumer-focused, mobile device capable of diagnosing 13 medical conditions and continuously capturing five vital health metrics—all within a well-designed consumer experience. A total of 312 teams around the world entered the competition at the outset. Basil Leaf Technologies entered the competition under the team name “Final Frontier Medical Devices.”

Basil Leaf Technologies’ prototype is DxtER (pronounced Dexter), a portable device capable of collecting and interpreting large amounts of data to accurately diagnose specific medical conditions, provide users with real-time insight regarding their health, and guide them to appropriate action. Our device gives users access to continuous, reliable health data - the information patients and providers need to more effectively manage chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.

Drawing on years of experience as an Emergency Department physician, Basil Leaf Technologies founder, Dr. Basil Harris, understands that patients want to be meaningfully engaged in their own health decisions.

“Our company is at the forefront of a new era of consumer medical technology,” said Harris. “An entirely new market is emerging that engages consumers and puts them in the driver’s seat. Our device is smart and simple, giving people the help and answers they need when they need this input the most. There is nothing like it in existence, and we believe this technology will change the face of health care.”

Basil Leaf Technologies believes in the power of technology to improve people’s health. Their Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE team includes physicians, engineers, designers, health policy experts, mobile technology and sensor professionals who are passionate about revolutionizing healthcare.

To learn more about Basil Leaf Technologies, visit

On Monday, April 17th at 5:30PM, Basil Leaf Technologies will be demonstrating their device and holding a panel discussion with members of the team. The event will take place at Think Company’s public event space at 111 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA. If you are interested in attending, please register at 

For more information about the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, visit

About Basil Leaf Technologies

Founded in 2013 and inspired by the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition, Basil Leaf Technologies, LLC is solely dedicated to building high-quality, user-friendly, medical diagnostic and monitoring tools capable of being used by any individual at any time. These devices empower consumers with valuable information about their own health, when they need it, so that users can make better-informed decisions, further helping healthcare providers diagnose and treat patients, by giving them access to continuous, reliable health data.

Basil Leaf Technologies was founded by two brothers, Basil Harris, a physician with a PhD in engineering and George Harris, a network engineer with a background in computer science. Together they compiled a team of experts in healthcare and technology to compete in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition.

Basil Harris has been actively practicing emergency medicine for over fifteen years, spending the last twelve at Lankenau Medical Center of Main Line Health. Dr. Harris was named a Top Doctor by Main Line Today in 2016 for the third time.

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Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, and the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. For more information, visit


Exciting Day for Final Frontier Medical Devices!

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Science News for Students: Star Trek technology becomes more science than fiction

Basil Harris

Basil Harris is an emergency room doctor in Philadelphia, Pa., who grew up watching Star Trek. The show was notable not just for its gadgets, he says. He also liked how it depicted people working together to solve problems. They didn't always get along. McCoy, for example, was a cranky physician who often quarreled with crew members. But he was part of the team. If one crew member was captured or endangered, the rest collaborated on a rescue.

“They had a nice harmony,” Harris says. “It was an optimistic view of the future. How could you not like it?”


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