Spiral Vortex Micromixer Receives US Patent Issuance

Cambridge, MA – DMI announced today that its spiral vortexer micromixer is now patented.  It formally issued as a patent titled, “Microfluidic Passive Mixing Chip” as US Patent No. 9,194,780.  The patent protects a novel means of mixing large blood cells in a microfluidic environment.  Traditional microfluidic mixers have a difficult time with blood since blood is a lot larger and less diffusion than conventional reagents.  Multiple mixing forces are imparted onto blood samples using the spiral vortexer micromixer.  This technology was developed with support from NASA and has been tested in zero gravity onboard parabolic flights.

Team DMI set to Deliver rHEALTH Tricorder Prototype

DMI, one of the ten finalists in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE has delivered its first Tricorder prototype to the competition this past weekend. The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a $10 Million competition in which the final participants have to deliver a comprehensive medical device inspired by the Star Trek Tricorder.

DMI’s rHealth Tricorder is geared to diagnose 15 different medical conditions and 6 vital signs, all by consumers themselves. The technology includes a blood analyzing system, a vitals patch with continuous monitoring capabilities and other point-of-care tests to match the required competition guidelines.  By June 1, 30 additional units will be delivered by the team.  These will go through a 6 month period of consumer testing before the winner will be announced in 2016.

One Step Closer to rHEALTH-based Space Medicine

Under a procurement for utilization of the International Space Station, DMI will develop its rHEALTH X technology for astronaut crew member use.  The rHEALTH X technology is particularly well-suited for long-duration space travel and will allow crew members to monitor their own health in an autonomous manner.  The Cambridge based company has been selected for a Phase II follow-on contract in an effort to further develop the technology bringing it one step closer to space.

NASA Funds DMI for rHEALTH X with Non-Invasive Capabilities

The DNA Medicine Insitute (DMI) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from NASA to develop non-invasive capabilities for the rHEALTH platform. This platform is called the rHEALTH X, which is based on technology to measure a plethora of values from a single drop of blood, bodily fluid, or sample.

“We are thrilled to receive this contract award from NASA and to add non-invasive capabilities to our core rHEALTH technology.  It is our aim to develop a single, handheld device that allows all-encompassing biomedical diagnostic measurements for astronauts for the International Space Station and long-duration space travel to Mars and other challenging destinations.  It is vital that astronauts be able to perform autonomous diagnosis for every possible lab value in order to maximize the probability of mission success.  NASA has been a strong supporter of the technology and we are grateful for the opportunity to develop a technology for our astronauts,” commented Eugene Y. Chan, MD, Principal Investigator of the contract.

In particular, the contract will fund the development of EKG, respiratory rate, SpO2, and temperature measurements.  It is envisioned that the technology will work in conjunction with the rest of the rHEALTH technology, thereby augmenting its capabilities for these important vital signs.

rHEALTH Technology Featured in Publication for Cardiovascular Medicine

The rHEALTH Sensor was recently featured in a publication in the Journal of Personallized Medicine.  This pioneering work by Dr. Patrick Gladding summarizes key technologies relating to therapeutics and diagnostics (or theranostics) for cardiovascular medicine.

Abstract: It is undeniable that the increasing costs in healthcare are a concern. Although technological advancements have been made in healthcare systems, the return on investment made by governments and payers has been poor. The current model of care is unsustainable and is due for an upgrade. In developed nations, a law of diminishing returns has been noted in population health standards, whilst in the developing world, westernized chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease have become emerging problems. The reasons for these trends are complex, multifactorial and not easily reversed. Personalized medicine has the potential to have a significant impact on these issues, but for it to be truly successful, interdisciplinary mass collaboration is required. We propose here a vision for open-access advanced analytics for personalized cardiac diagnostics using imaging, electrocardiography and genomics.