Mobile real-time DNA analysis on your smartphone
Biomeme’s platform transforms your smartphone into a mobile lab for advanced DNA diagnostics and real-time disease surveillance. The system includes a docking station for real-time qPCR, a mobile app to control the system and analyze results, and targeted test kits for preparing samples and identifying pathogens or diseases by their specific DNA or RNA signatures. The cutting edge platform performs to the gold standard used by the world’s most advanced central labs but requires no lab equipment or special experience to use.
The low-cost, user-friendly system enables mobile testing at the point-of-need for health care (mobile clinics, disease tracking, home use), agriculture (plant disease tracking, food safety), vector surveillance (Malaria, West Nile, Lyme disease), veterinary medicine, environmental monitoring (soil and water safety), and even education and citizen science.
The platform includes low-cost mobile hardware, software, and biology and encourages the development of a wide variety of test kits from target industries as well as in-house.
• Hardware – proprietary hardware add-on turning a mobile device into a real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) thermal cycler to amplify and detect pathogen DNA/RNA in a variety of sample types.
• Biology – proprietary disposable sample collection and test kits for specific pathogens allowing users to process crude samples, such as urine or blood, in preparation for placement into a test cartridge containing shelf-stable reagents. The simple preparation and test kits require no special training or laboratory equipment.
• Software – mobile application that automatically collects site-specific data (ex: time, location, climate), enables users to input related data (ex: demographics), diagnoses in real-time, and then securely sends the data to the cloud for archiving and later use.