Smart Medical Optics wins EIT Health Validation Lab at YES!Delft
IDE alumna Mirte Vendel cooperated with 3mE professor Gleb Vdovin and 3mE PhD candidate Temitope Agbana to win the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Health Validation Lab, organised by startup incubator YES!Delft. Combining optical knowledge and smart algorithms, their Smart Medical Optics team is capable of improving the quality of malaria diagnostics in developing countries.
Every year, about half a million people still die of malaria. Of these people, 92% live in Sub Saharan Africa. A lot of them die because of a shortage of correct diagnostics means. The current methods are either too unreliable of time consuming and can only be carried out by medical experts.
The Smart Medical Optics team presented their solution, which is not only quicker and more accurate, but also easier in use. It can therefore be used in areas with a lack of medical experts.
Together with nine other international health startups, the team had to pitch their product. For eight weeks the team validated their product ideas in the field, with support from EIT Health and YES!Delft coaches. As the winner they now move on to the European EIT event.