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DeNovo Meter

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Health Topic Type II Diabetes
Classification Diagnosis
Scope Clinical trial
Location South America

Problem being addressed[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Designed by[edit]

Designed by:

  • 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[edit]

Clinical trials were conducted in two rural areas of Nicaragua.

Funding Source[edit]

This device was funded through the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge and private funds.


Internally generated reports[edit]

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.