Everyone, Anytime, Everywhere
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Ron started his career in physics where he was involved in low temperature technology and testing for contamination using high intensity x-rays. Like me he was influenced by the original Star Trek Series and in particular the Tricorder that ‘Bones’ used on his patients and how to get this into general use.
Alveo Technologies recently won the XPRIZE for their at-home rapid COVID-19 test that can be used for other types of viruses such as the flu, RSV and STDs and they are currently waiting on FDA approval. As Ron points out the importance of home based testing which creates accessibility that is self empowerment helping dispel the fear and uncertainty generated by the media headlines.
Listen in to find out how they managed to miniaturize the technology into a small cartridge with “a little bit of chemistry and heat” that is able to identify the RNA fingerprint for RSV (the number 1 killer of children under 5) and have adapted this platform to create an at home COVID test. The platform has additional uses that they have already started work on so expect to see more in this domain.
About the Show
For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.
This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.