Medical equipment data
Health topic Type II Diabetes
Health classification Diagnosis

Project data
Location Massachusetts, United States
Status Clinical trial
Made? No
Replicated? No
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Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Clinical trials were conducted in two rural areas of Nicaragua.

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

Internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

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.

Page data
Part of Global Health Medical Device Compendium
Type Medical equipment, Project
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG03 Good health and well-being, SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
Authors Eva Shiu
Published 2012
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
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