UC Berkeley CellScope

UC Berkeley Fletcher Lab & CellScope Team

Product description Brand name and product description

CellScope combines optical microscopy and cellular communication to offer cell-phone microscopy. This portable digital microscope may assist in the remote diagnosis of blood-born communicable diseases, specifically tuberculosis, malaria, and sickle cell disease.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

While CellScope is still under development, specific target regions have not been selected, though research studies are being conducted around the world on its applications.

CellScope’s website states that it is testing the use of mobile microscopy with collaborators in Vietnam, India, Thailand, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, and Hawaii.

Clinical tests have also been conducted in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. More information on specific field studies conducted for CellScope can be found in this article.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Not yet available as the product is still under development for its applications to global health and disease diagnostics.

The technology is being commercialized through CellScope, Inc., a for-profit spinout that was founded in 2010. CellScope, Inc.’s first product is an iPhone otoscope that builds upon CellScope’s technology and enables parents and physicians to remotely diagnose ear infections in children, which is now commercially available.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Not currently for sale.

This product is still under research and development and a price has not been released or suggested.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Costly and bulky traditional microscopes and the Foldscope, a paper-based microscope from Stanford University’s Prakash Lab.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 3: to improve and promote good health.

Prototypes have demonstrated diagnostic-quality imaging of tuberculosis, malaria, and sickle cell disease.

CellScope aims to tackle tuberculosis, which annually kills more than 2 million people and sickens approximately 15 million, in places where laboratory facilities are scarce but mobile phone infrastructure is extensive. Additionally, the goal is to develop a new point-of-care diagnostic for many diseases that go undiagnosed in many countries, ranging from debilitating eye disorders to chronic blood parasites.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)
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