Gene-RADAR can help track and curb pandemics’ spread – fast and cheap
“We as a human race should be taking our best technology, our best foot forward to stop the spread of infectious disease outbreaks.” – Dr. Anita Goel, Founder of Nanobiosym Gene-RADAR point-of-care diagnostic technology:
– 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. However, the infrastructure that we’re using to fight this is still a 40-year-old infrastructure that’s based on mainframe, large scale, bulky expensive machines that are not mobile. So in an age of smartphones and information technology and self-driving cars – why are we still using this mainframe infrastructure to protect the human race against diseases that 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 through the context of infectious diseases and pandemics, because that’s an unmet need, which needs urgent attention. And here we have the ability with an effective mobile electronic device to enable that real-time data acquisition and real-time response. And there’s an urgency around these kinds of diseases, where you need to rapidly quarantine people, you need to see who’s boarding a flight. If 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, for example, 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, and the centralized labs didn’t want to take it, and you needed a way for hospitals to detect an incoming patient with suspected Ebola right there 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. And 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, but also for the much more rapid reaction that has very much real-world, financial, legal, and human implications. – Absolutely!