ReoLab

Makes a shoebox-size lab to run medical tests in 15 minutes, to be used in emergency rooms and doctors' offices for rapid test results.

Leadership:
Krisna Bhargava
2017 Revenue:
pre-revenue
Industry:
Health
Location:
PasadenaCA 
Founded:
2015
5
Raised:
$855,000
ReoLab co-founders Bryant Thompson (left) and Krisna Bhargava. Photo Credit: Courtesy Company

In 2014, Krisna Bhargava was getting his PhD in material science from the University of Southern California when he realized he could build better tools to conduct medical tests to be used in doctors' offices and emergency rooms. "Running medical tests is like cooking--it's all done by hand," says Bhargava. "If you go to the hospital and think you have influenza or pneumonia, a test will take a day or two. But doctors, and patients, need results in an hour." While studying microfluidics and 3-D printing, he found that he could take the testing lab and shrink it to the size of a shoebox and still conduct 30,000 different medical tests. A year later, Bhargava sought out reinforcements. He tapped Bryant Thompson, who was a master's student intern at the time, along with his adviser Noah Malmstadt, and Richard Roberts, the chair of his department at USC. In time, they'd launch ReoLab. The company has raised just under $1 million and plans to raise several million more in a Series A to fund clinical trials. By 2020, Bhargava says the company will be on the market--selling a shoebox-size lab for about $1,000 and an annual subscription plan for the testing pods. "We want it to be stupid easy, like a Keurig machine for diagnostic tests," says Bhargava. --Will Yakowicz

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Website:
reolab.io