Laboratory Equipment Built at a Fraction of the Cost

​Laboratory Equipment Built at a Fraction of the Cost

CHEAPER, lighter, and mobile, new diagnostic lab equipment built by a group of NTU students could help rescue teams deliver faster, efficient assistance at disaster situations. Led by Associate Professor Eric Yap from NTU's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, the five students created the portable laboratory equipment using everyday items such as a hairdryer, a mobile phone, and a styrofoam box. The cost? A fraction of what commercial equipment would cost. These items include a portable fungal incubator, a device for separating DNA mixtures, and a system that can grow and image bacteria.

  • Portable, cheaper to produce.
  • Empowers onsite rescue teams at disaster sites to administer treatment quickly.
  • Allows medical treatment to be taken to third world countries lacking proper medical facilities or infrastructure.
Moving Forward:

Besides deployment at disaster sites, the equipment can allow local organic farmers to grow bacteria to treat soil, compost, animal feed. The equipment can also be showcased at public events to educate the public about molecular biology.​

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