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. 


April 2017

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. 

Engineering team in the lab.