OmniBOX: An affordable, 3D-printed, smartphone-operated device for infectious disease diagnosis

Science / Engineering

The existing solutions for molecular diagnostics are not sufficiently accessible, rapid, or compatible to serve as a point-of-care alternative. This limitation hinders the development of strategies to control infectious diseases. Our project aims to address this issue by developing a device, named OmniBOX, for the molecular detection of arboviruses – including dengue, zika, and chikungunya – as well as Leishmania spp. and Schistosoma mansoni.

OmniBOX, aptly named for its portability and user-friendly interface, allows results to be read and interpreted by non-specialists. The device itself will detect and display the result, which can also be accessed via Bluetooth on a mobile application. Accurate disease diagnosis is crucial as it guides treatment, enhances the likelihood of early recovery, and is essential for case reporting that can inform public health interventions.

Amount invested

R$ 100,000.00

Open Calls

Science Call 1
  • Topics
  • Chikungunya
  • Molecular diagnosis
  • Zika