Diseases have the ability to wipe out a fraction of the human race in a very small amount of time. That is actually part of our underlying motivation for bringing Gene-RADAR to the world.
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Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Is there anything else you’d like to add to the conversation? So we live in an age where information and infectious diseases can travel at lightning speeds. Dr. Anita Goel, MD. However, the infrastructure that we’re using to fight this is still a 40-year-old infrastructure. It is based on mainframe, large scale, bulky expensive machines that are not mobile. So we live in an age of smartphones and information technology and self-driving cars. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Why are we still using this mainframe infrastructure to protect the human race against diseases? Dr. Anita Goel, MD. Diseases have the ability to wipe out a fraction of the human race in a very small amount of time. That is actually part of our underlying motivation for bringing Gene-RADAR to the world. Initially we hope to achieve our diagnostic goal through the context of infectious diseases and pandemics. Because that’s an unmet need. This needs urgent attention. Here we have the ability with an effective mobile electronic device to enable that real-time data acquisition and real-time response. There’s an urgency around these kinds of diseases. You need to rapidly quarantine people. You need to see who’s boarding a flight. Dr. Anita Goel, MD. Sometimes it’s a rapidly communicable disease you want to rapidly detect and you want to make a decision in real-time. You don’t really have days and weeks and months to wait for that diagnosis. So that’s an immediate use case that can be very helpful. In a case of Ebola, one Ebola case in New York cost New York tax payers north of 20 million dollars. Because the FedEx trucks didn’t want to ship the blood. The centralized labs didn’t want to take it. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. You needed a way for hospitals to detect an incoming patient with suspected Ebola on the spot. They didn’t have that. Likewise, in the case of Zika in the last mosquito season in Miami we had pregnant women waiting 1 to 5 weeks to find out whether they had Zika. Dr. Anita Goel, MD. That’s really not acceptable if you have a disease that can be spread very rapidly. We as a human race should be taking our best technology. Our best foot forward to stop the spread of these outbreaks. This is clearly very important for the point-of-care diagnosis. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. But also it is crucial for the much more rapid reaction that has very much real-world, financial, legal, and human implications. Absolutely!