Four out of seven scientists hailing from our island, have received the first prize in the “XPRIZE” competition, a very prestigious global competition for designing a handheld medical device comparable to the tricorder used in the science fiction TV series Star Trek.
The winners received $2.6 million for their “artificial intelligence-based engine, DxtER,”. This device is able to diagnose medical conditions like diabetes, tuberculosis, atrial fibrillation, chronic obstructive lung disease, urinary tract infection, sleep apnea, leukocytosis, whooping cough, stroke and pneumonia.
In total, the device can diagnose 34 different conditions or diseases that cause health problems. The amazing detail though, lies to the fact that the diagnosis can happen from the comfort of home.
The leader of the group is Basil Harris, who works in the emergency department at a hospital in Philadelphia together with his siblings George, Julia and Constantine. All of them originate from the Cypriot village Vatili, which is located in the occupied Famagusta region. The rest of the scientists are Philip, Charron, Andrew Singer and Edward Hepler and whole team is based in Pennsylvania.
“The team brings together expertise in medicine, surgery, programming, signal processing, hardware design, medical sensors, user experience design, health policy and mobile tech,” the XPRIZE website says.
We are proud to see people with Cyprus origins contributing to such high levels of importance on a worldwide level.