GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida professor and his industry collaborators won second place in a National Institutes of Health technology competition for a smartphone-based, rapid saliva test to diagnose COVID-19, along with two other diseases of major global importance: malaria and anemia.
A team consisting of Rhoel Dinglasan, a professor of infectious diseases with UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine and two others received one of six awards in the NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge, or NTAC, offered for the first time this year.
The competition was held to encourage the design and development of innovative diagnostic platforms for assessing two major vascular diseases, one of which had to include sickle cell disease, malaria or anemia. Other criteria included accessibility, low cost and the use of a mobile device or a portable attachment to the device.
Dinglasan’s team will receive $200,000 for their entry in the competition, which offered a