trustworthy malaria tests
for everyone

Malaria detection

 

Malaria continues to kill about 430 000 people every year (WHO Malaria report, 2018) due to insufficient diagnostic procedures and limited access to trustworthy healtcare. Current procedures are either very unreliable, or they require medical expertise. Which is not always available, especially in rural areas.

 

We have developed a technology to make malaria detection cheaper, faster, accessible to all and more reliable. Enabling malaria diagnoses to be executed without the need of medical expertise, to be implemented in rural areas. Our goal is to bring this technology to remote areas, to reduce both morbidity and mortality. As well as to lower the risk on drug resistance for malaria medicines.

About Us

 

 

AidX Medical B.V. is officially founded in 2019, but the team has been working together for several years. Technical expertise is combined with extended context exploration and user research to make sure we develop a solution that fits the needs of the final user. And deliver a product, robust enough to withstand contextual influences. Moreover, we have had the privalege to work closely together with malaria experts in Nigeria and medical experts from the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in The Netherlands.

From technology to startup

 

Last year, we participated in the EIT Health Validation Lab at YES!Delft: a two months pressure coocker for health-tech startups. It was a great experience were we learned from the other startups, experts in the field and above all, we were stimulated to validate every aspect of our business strategy. We already worked for several years on the technology, but these 2 months gave us the chance to thoroughly define a market strategy to make sure we are able to enter the foreseen market. The result: even more confirmation of the urgent need for such a technology and a clear roadmap towards our launching customers.

Gleb Vdovin

CTO - Technical expert

Optical systems & control

Mirte Vendel

COO - Context specialist

Industrial Design Engineering

JC Diehl

Context specialist

Industrial Design Engineering

Seva Patlan

Technical expert

Optical systems & control

Oleg Soloviev

Technical expert

Optical systems & control

Tope Agbana

CEO - Context specialist

Optical systems & control

Technical expert

Dr. M. Verhaegen

Delft Center for Systems and Control, TU Delft

Malaria expert Prof. W. Oyibo

ANDI Malaria research centre

Lagos, Nigeria

Our Team

Advisory Board

 

 

 

AidX Medical develops both hardware and software to detect tropical diseases like malaria, to make reliable and sensitive malaria detection accessible, even in the most remote areas. However, the same technology in a slightly different application can be used for a number of markets. We develop products for the following three markets, fighting malaria on all different levels:

 

1.  Malaria Research Centers developing malaria drugs/vaccines

 

2. Hospitals and private clinics in endemic countries

 

3. Local health facilities in remote areas 

Hospitals

Remote areas

Research

One Technology  -  Three Applications

Smart quantification

 

In both, the private and academic sector, malaria research institutions are dedicated to develop new malaria medication and malaria vaccines. As part of their research, lab technicians have to spend several days a week behind the microscope, to manually quantify parasitemia in blood samples. It is a time consuming, tiresome task and their time could be used for other valuable work.

 

Our technology is able to automate this process. In only one minute, our device can quantify parasitemia in over 10 000 red blood cells. Which is about 15 times faster than highly experienced lab technicians.

1. Research

Increase capacity

 

Microscopy is the WHO Gold Standard for malaria diagnoses. A time consuming method (20-45 minutes per sample) that requires trained lab technicians and available equipment. As a result, microscopy is usually only available in larger health facilities, hospitals and private clinics. And the number of patients is too high for the available microscopists.

 

Our technology is able to replace the manual microscopy. We are developing an affordable optical device to automatically detect malaria infections in blood samples with increased speed and quality. This device will be able to detect even the lightest infection in only a few minutes. To significantly increase the amount of diagnoses per day and assure a constant high quality (sensitivity up to 99%).

2. Hospitals

Affordable & reliable

 

In rural areas, access to sufficient health is limited. Medical experts are rare and hospitals are difficult to reach. The care depend on the healthcare providence of local health facilities or local health volunteers. In these areas, malaria is usually detected with a cheap Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT). A simple method but unfortunately  very unreliable. Causing overtreatment due to false positives results (leading to drug resistance) and to undetected cases due to false negative results (leading to severe cases or even death). As a result, malaria continues to kill almost 500 000 people every year.

 

We have developed an easy and affordable optical instrument. Able to detect even light infections in blood samples, without the need of a medical exert. We have reach our proof of concept, tested it in Nigeria and are further optimising the technology in order to execute clinical trials in the field.

3. Remote areas

Contact

 

 

Do you have any questions or remarks? Do you want to collaborate with us? Or invest in our project? Please fill in the form on the right.

 

 

Address          Polakweg 10
                           2288 GG, Rijswijk

                           The Netherlands

 

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