Disease Diagnostic Group

John Lewandowski
DDG uses magnets and lasers to diagnose highly infectious diseases cheaper, faster, and more accurately than current methods
What if we told you we could save one million lives every year with just refrigerator magnets and a laser pointer? DDG is focused on screening, tracking, and diagnosing highly infectious or neglected tropical diseases in the developing world through portable and reusable devices. Our platform magneto-optical technology can be used to quantitatively diagnose a disease in one minute with one drop of blood from a fingertip using a plastic disposable at 1/10th the cost and 1/100th the limit of detection of current solutions. The value proposition is that early detection of these infectious diseases is the only method of eradication that can save lives and expensive treatment costs. Our flagship product is the Rapid Assessment of Malaria (RAM), which detects inherent magnetic nanoparticles created by the parasite. Polarized light is passed through the sample, and small magnets are used to align the magnetic nanoparticles creating an oscillating optical signal. DDG has created and tested alpha prototypes in the field and after entering the market will be focused on building out the platform using antibodies conjugated to functionalized nanoparticles. This portfolio includes other high-impact diseases such as Dengue fever, Typhoid fever, Yellow fever, Chikungunya, HIV, Tuberculosis, Schistosomiasis, Leishmania, and Chagas disease, all of which would offer the same value proposition or be bundled directly with the malaria test for added value. The device’s electronics will be leveraged to create a full patient identification system for each infectious disease in the developing world as well as provide procurement and inventory options and epidemiology data for large non-profit foundations.