In a collaboration with The Task Force for Global Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scientists at the Colorado-based startup Mobile Assay aim to optimize this decision-making process with the aid of mobile technology. This collaboration has led to the development of a mobile reader that automates the analysis of diagnostic tests for lymphatic filariasis, a mosquito-borne infection that causes elephantiasis. The tool is designed to provide a more objective and standardized interpretation of the test results.
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A smartphone application could offer a cheap way for African farming communities to manage cancer-causing toxins produced by a fungus that grows on crops while building a ‘big data’ set to assist research on outbreaks.The Lab-on-Mobile-Device (LMD) platform can detect aflatoxins as accurately as a laboratory test, but can be carried out anywhere at a fraction of the cost using a smartphone camera, according to Donald Cooper of the University of Colorado, United States, who co-founded a company called Mobile Assay to develop the technology.
A University of Colorado Boulder faculty member will travel to Africa later this month to test a mobile smartphone technology developed by his team to rapidly detect and track natural carcinogens, including aflatoxin, which is estimated to contaminate up to 25 percent of the global food supply and cause severe illnesses in humans and animals. “Our new method is more sensitive, faster and more quantitative than any of the existing rapid tests out there on the market,” said Associate Professor Don Cooper, co-founder and chief science officer of Mobile Assay Inc., a CU startup company.
A new startup company that got its start on the University of Colorado Boulder campus this year is a Grand Challenges Exploration winner, an initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.“This will ultimately allow farmers in developing countries to identify and track pathogens infecting seeds and share their data, which could improve crop yields and prevent crop losses,” Don Cooper Ph.D.
The cantaloupe Listeria outbreak in the summer of 2011 in Colorado was the deadliest food-borne illness in the United States in more than 25 yearsThe technology involved in the test comes from research conducted by Don Cooper, an associate professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Cooper developed a patent-pending method to use smartphones to analyze the test strips at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics laboratory at CU.