The Future: QuantuMDx Handheld DNA Lab

DNA analysis in the palm of your hand. 15 minute diagnosis for the personalized treatment you need.
Elaine Warburton
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Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
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The world's first handheld lab

quantumdx the future of healthcare

DNA analysis in the palm of your hand- this is The Future. Super-accurate diagnostics in under 15 minutes will mean you can immediately receive the personalized treatment you need.

Cancer, flu, TB, STIs- our device will diagnose it. But first we want to put our Handheld DNA Lab to work tackling malaria, a disease which kills a child every minute.

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Simple, user-friendly, accessible technology

Previously detecting infection and prescribing the correct drug would have been a lengthy process, taking days, with our technology this can now be achieved in minutes!

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How it works...

From garage to state of the art lab

Six years ago, Biotech Rockstar/mad scientist Jonathan O'Halloran locked himself in a garage lab stocked with equipment he'd bought on Ebay. A year later he emerged, unshaven, blinking in the sun and armed with data proving he could use a computer chip to analyse DNA from a blood sample. 
His partner in crime Elaine Warburton imbued him with lots of her business know-how and sent him off to South Africa, where his observations in HIV/TB clinics got him thinking. His abstract vision became concrete. 
He wanted to put a full diagnostic laboratory into the hand of healthcare workers. And this handheld lab had to be fast. It had to be accurate. It had to be cheap. It had to be easy and fun to use.
There are now 35 of us - in England, the States and Singapore - all working to make this vision a reality. Our molecular biologists, chemists and biosensor team play happily in specialised labs, while our partners and advisors bring their own expertise and insight.

And now with your help, our global community is expanding faster than ever…

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Our development and trial partners

We are working side by side with infectious disease expert Prof Sanjeev Krishna, Malaria Lead Dr Henry Staines and their team at St George's, University of London, Dr Pedro Gil at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, Prof Peter Kremser at Tuebingen University, Germany & the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Gabon, Africa to ensure our malaria test gives a full drug resistance screening. With years of experience in infectious disease research under their belt, the team will be instrumental in trialling our device in the field.

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Our campaign team

Who produced our amazing campaign videos I hear you ask? That would be the wonderful Pins and Needles Media! A joy to work with, you can find out more at

And our beautiful exclusive mosquito design was draw by the lovely Lucy Hammond. She developed a bit of a mosquito phobia while researching them to draw our stunning illustration! You can find more of her work here:

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    Join the fight against malaria! Tell your friends and family about our campaign to democratize global healthcare. As well as shouting our love and gratitude from the rooftops, we’ll declare it on FB too.

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    Welcome to the fold fellow geeks, gadget lovers and lovely human beings! Declare your support for the democratization of global healthcare with a sticker sporting our moquito design, lovingly hand-drawn exclusively for our campaign by an amazing Newcastle artist. And we’ll declare our eternal gratitude to you on FB, and keep you updated on all the amazing work you’ve made possible.

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    We’ll welcome you to the Quantumite team with open arms, and a t-shirt! Wear your heart on your sleeve, and show your support for democratizing healthcare- in style. This beautiful design was lovingly hand-drawn exclusively for our campaign. We’ll also declare you one of the team on FB, and keep you in the fold with regular updates.

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    Donate a malaria test to a child in Africa. Your generous gift of a life-saving diagnostic test will help not only this child, but countless others who will benefit from the democratization of healthcare worldwide. We’ll send you a photo of the very first malaria test undertaken in our clinical trial, and keep you in the loop with regular updates. We’ll also tell all on FB that you’re simply lovely!

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    Plan to travel the world? You'll need a mosquito net! This perk will protect you when you're curled up at night, exhausted from a day of adventure! And you can sleep sound knowing that your contribution has provided a life saving malaria test to a child in Africa. You can also choose to donate a net if you don't have any travel plans. We'll keep you updated on our Handheld DNA Lab, and if you send us a photo from your travels we will share it with our FB community.

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    You’re one of us now. Which means you get your very own QuantuMDx lab coat. Whether you start your very own garage lab or just wear it to do the dishes is up to you! Send us a pic of you in your lab coat- gardening, experimenting with Mentos and coke, whatever you please- and we’ll share it with our Quantumite family on FB. And we’ll keep you updated on our scientific breakthroughs.

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    We'll create a one of a kind piece of artwork depicting the unique genetic code of the malaria parasite just for you! Adorn your home with this stunning canvas print. Every time you look at it, know that you've helped to provide life-saving diagnostics to children in Africa. Leave us a comment with your colour preference and we'll see what we can do! And of course we will keep you updated on our progress.

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    Give a family the ultimate gift- happy and healthy children. Donate malaria tests to three children in Africa, giving their family the knowledge that these kids are receiving the very best in cutting edge health tech. We’ll send you a photo of the very first malaria test undertaken as part of our clinical trial, keep you in the loop and declare you a wonderful family guy/gal on FB!

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  • $695USD

    Donate malaria tests to 10 children in Africa. Your amazing contribution will provide life-saving diagnostics to not only these ten kids, but will help bring our technology to communities around the world. We’ll send you a picture of the first malaria test undertaken as part of our clinical trial- a wee piece of history!- and a beautiful t-shirt designed exclusively for our campaign. Bonus- As well as declaring our love and eternal gratitude on FB, we’ll also ring you to say a big thank you!

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    Provide malaria tests for an entire class of schoolchildren. Malaria not only takes lives, but can keep children out of school. You’ll be giving these kids a fighting chance at a good education, and we all know what a transformative effect that can have on communities. We’ll send you a photograph of the very first malaria test of our clinical trial, as well as a t-shirt- wear your geekdom on your sleeve! As a bonus, you’ll receive a call from our Elaine or Jono to say a big thank you.

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    Visit the birthplace of Newcastle Brown Ale and Sting! Chat about innovation in healthcare with Elaine (the Queen reckons she knows a thing or two about it!), or geek out over the sequencing technologies of the future with Jono. We’ll give you a grand tour of our labs, offices and our favourite watering hole. A once in a lifetime experience to immerse yourself in the fast-paced world of world-changing tech development! Accommodation, UK travel, Newcastle Brown Ale and Goody Bag included.

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    Fund a satellite clinical trial in a new location in Africa. Have you won the lottery? Is your business looking to give back? Your incredible contribution will save countless lives and help bring the future of healthcare to communities around the world. In return, we will be your Best Friend Forever (friendship bracelet included).

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