Dr. McCoy would be proud: XPrize announces finalists in health ‘Tricorder’ bake-off
August 27, 2014 11:41 AM
The contest, sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation, is meant to spur development of consumer-focused mobile devices capable of diagnosing and interpreting a set of 15 medical conditions as well as capturing five vital health metrics.
In other words, the contest, which was launched in 2012, wants developers to develop something like the medical tricorder used by Star Trek‘s Dr. “Bones” (“Damn it, Jim. I’m a doctor, not a coal miner!”) McCoy.
The finalists were announced at the opening of 2014 36th annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society. Dr. McCoy would be proud.
The finalists for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE are:
Aezon (Baltimore, Md.), led by Tatiana Rypinski, a team of student engineers from Johns Hopkins University partnering with the Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design.
CloudDX (Mississauga, Canada), a team from medical devices manufacturer Biosign and led by company chief medical officer, Dr. Sandeep “Sonny” Kohli.
Danvantri (Chennai, India), a team from technology manufacturer American Megatrends India and led by company director and CEO, Sridharan Mani.
DMI (Cambridge, Mass.), a team led by Dr. Eugene Y. Chan of the DNA Medicine Institute partnering with NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dynamical Biomarkers Group (Zhongli City, Taiwan), a team of physicians, scientists, and engineers led by Harvard Medical School professor Chung-Kang Peng.
Final Frontier Medical Devices (Paoli, Pa.), a team led by the founders of Basil Leaf Technologies—brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency room physician, and George Harris, a network engineer.
MESI Simplifying diagnostics (Ljubljana, Slovenia), a team from diagnostic medical device manufacturer MESI and led by company CEO, Jakob Susteric.
SCANADU (Moffett Field, Calif.), a team from Silicon Valley-based start-up SCANADU led by technology entrepreneur and company co-founder and CEO, Walter De Brouwer.
SCANurse (London), a team from diagnostic medical manufacturer SCANurse and led by biomedical engineer and company founder, Anil Vaidya.
zensor (Belfast, Northern Ireland), a team from clinical sensor and electrode company Intelesens and led by chief technology officer, Prof. Jim McLaughlin.
You can find more detailed information on each team here.
“We want consumers to take a more proactive approach to managing their health and having convenient access to real-time medical data will do just that,” said the contest director Grant Campany in a statement. “As we move to the final stage of this process, we are one step closer to putting healthcare in the palm of your hand.”
During the qualifying round, each team was required to submit an entry that addressed safety, user experience, and a health assessment evaluation. The judging panel, comprised of various digital health and medical industry experts, reviewed 21 team submissions from nine countries. They selected the 10 most credible entries.
As part of the final round, teams will compete in both diagnostic experience evaluations and consumer testing, slated for mid-to-late 2015. The final judging and awards ceremony will take place in early 2016.
Throughout the competition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is offering regulatory input to the competing teams to help them prepare for potential FDA review post-competition.
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