Biomeme, a new company out of Philadelphia, PA, is planning on launching an easy to use system that can perform real-time qPCR and provide results through any smartphone without using expensive lab equipment nor requiring an experienced hand to operate. The goal is to offer medical professionals, regardless of their location, the ability to do advanced diagnostics and perform disease surveillance.
Biomeme’s platform transforms a smartphone into a mobile lab for advanced DNA diagnostics and real-time disease surveillance. The system includes:
- a docking station for performing real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)
- a mobile app to wirelessly control the system, analyze results in real-time and send them to the cloud
- targeted test kits for preparing samples and identifying pathogens or diseases by their specific DNA or RNA signatures.
The low-cost system requires no special laboratory equipment and could enable mobile testing at the point-of-need for health care, agriculture, vector surveillance, veterinary medicine, environmental monitoring, and even education and citizen science.
We’re intrigued by the battery-powered system’s game changing potential and hope to interview the team in an upcoming article.