The grant has been designed to shrink technology found in large hospital hematology analyzers, typically the size of small refrigerators, to a tiny, palm-sized device.

The emergency blood sensor is designed to make the tests readily available under any scenario and easily performed by minimally trained personnel. The institute envisions this technology will be integrated into its Universal Blood Sensor platform, which is designed to perform all hospital tests on a handheld, point-of-care device.

Eugene Chan, president and chief scientific officer of the DNA Medicine Institute, said: “We are pleased that the NIH is supporting our efforts to develop a potentially transformative human diagnostics platform. The NHLBI understands the human impact of a point-of-care blood sensor that can diagnose acute blood loss, sepsis, and other critical health conditions. This funding will allow us to further innovations in the point-of-care diagnostics field and speed development of a technology that can be utilized to make a difference for those in need.”