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|Health Topic||Type II Diabetes|
Problem being addressed
Diabetics need to measure their blood glucose levels on a daily basis to effectively monitor their disease, however test strips and glucometers are often too expensive for people in developing world settings. There is a need for simple, cost-effective monitoring devices in these low-resource areas.
Detailed description of the solution
The DeNovo Meter pairs an optical reader and disposable paper strips, which allows for safe, accurate, and inexpensive measuring of blood glucose levels. The locally manufactured colorimetric paper test-strips cost only 2 cents, which is 1/50 of the market price.
- 3 juniors at MIT; Paul Hlebowitsh, Allen Lin and Deepali Ravel
- 3 MIT alumni; Priyanka Jain, Shichao Liang and Yi Wang
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
When and where it was tested/implemented
Clinical trials were conducted in two rural areas of Nicaragua.
This device was funded through the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge and private funds.
Internally generated reports
DeNovo Glucometer. (n.d.). D-Lab: Development through Dialogue, Design and Dissemination. Link available here.
DeNovo Meter. (n.d.). MIT IDEAS Global Challenge. Link available here.