Updates: September 2016-December 2016
Identified target Pathogen
In the first months of the project we identified with our partners the target pathogen, E. coli to be the starting point for the sensor. The engineering team worked closely with the public health students to ensure the need for such a test.
Grant funding Acquired
The team applied for grants from The Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the Xilinx Grant for Social Engagement. Both grants were awarded to the team in full.
Design Plan Drafted
The engineering team identified the most viable testing method: an enzyme substrate detection method on a paper based platform. The sensor is designed to be stable at room temperature for several months due to the silica gel components.
Future Plans: January 2017-March 2017
Secure Travel Plans for Field Testing
The team has a strong desire to test the prototype in-field. Thus the team is working with PATH to identify partnering milk banks in developing countries like India.
Test and Prototype in the lab
The majority of the months from January to March will be spent prototyping various detection methods and designs for the sensor.
Unite for SIGHT Global Health Innovation Conference
The team has been accepted to Unite for Site Social Impact Labs at the 2017 Global Health Innovation Conference. The team will pitch the breast milk sensor idea to a panel of industry experts to gain insights and receive feedback on the sensor design and implementation.
Field Testing in Sion hospital in mumbai, india
The team has travel plans organized to Sion Hospital in Mumbai, India for summer 2017. The goals are the trip are to learn more about milk banking in India and how the sensor could be beneficial to milk banks in developing countries.