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Nobody likes to pee in a cup. But when it comes to urinalysis, that’s the way it’s done.
But Israeli medical device startup Olive Diagnostics has come up with a way to use artificial intelligence to analyze what’s in your toilet bowl — so you don’t have to pee into a cup.
The Jerusalem-based company uses an optical sensor and an AI-powered device to perform 100% passive real-time urinalysis. And it is expanding its seed funding round to $7.3 million, after raising another $1.5 million from existing investors and private investors.
Investors in the pre-seed phase include Israeli HMO Maccabi Healthcare Services, Mayo Clinic, eHealth Ventures, Amgen Ventures, The Israel Innovation Authority, in addition to private European and US private investors.
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Guy Goldman is CEO of Olive Diagnostics.
Olive Diagnostics was founded in 2019 by CEO Guy Goldman and Corey Katz. The startup’s team includes experts in biochemistry, chemistry, physics, data analytics, optics and business development for the health and wellness markets.
Olive Diagnostics’ flagship product, Olive KG, is the world’s first AI and spectroscopy-based device, which performs high-quality analysis of key parameters in the patient’s urine with each urination, in a 100% passive manner and without any need for additional accessories . (Yes, no pee cups).
The device measures red blood cells, proteins, ketones, nitrite, pH, among others, in addition to functions such as volume, pressure, color and frequency of urination. You no longer have to go to the doctor’s office to give a urine sample, or send it in, before getting results much later.
Olive KG is an IoMT (Internet of Medical Things) device and can be mounted on any toilet. It uses optics to detect the chemical components in the urine and generates real-time personal data. That data is secured according to the requirements of the GDPR and HIPPA (privacy and health-related regulations), which is sent to the cloud and then to the treating physician.
Olive Diagnostics has received the EU CE mark for Olive KG as a medical device. After the approval, Olive received the first orders for the product from two European organizations.
“The milestone of receiving the CE mark provides validation for our vision and technology and paves the way for us to enter the European market,” Goldman said in a statement. “Olive KG has already been installed in several assisted living facilities in the Netherlands, and we believe that our device will transform medical care into non-invasive prevention, enabling patients and caregivers to detect diseases earlier, even before symptoms appear. “
Urinalysis is now done using chemical sticks (a bit like pregnancy test sticks, but they detect molecules in the urine). The use of sticks is manual intensive and people don’t like collecting, dip the stick in the cup and then take a picture of the stick. For this reason sticks are not often used (just think about when you last used a stick).
Olive KG’s AI analysis is better than peeing in a cup.
Olive Diagnostics has developed an optical sensor that allows it to do the same molecular detection without doing anything but peeing in the toilet. This passive sensor allows people to have their urine tested five to seven times a day.
Continuous monitoring allows the system to detect hundreds of diseases before symptoms appear. So people suffering from kidney stones, urinary tract infections. Dehydration, heart failure and many others can detect the presence of disease before it flares up. Treating the root cause of diseases is much easier, cheaper and significantly improves a person’s quality of life because they do not feel sick.
Finally, there are many aspects of urine that are not tested with sticks, such as urine volume, color, pressure, or even time of day. With our passive device, these parameters are available, enabling physicians to use a vast array of medical biomarkers to alert and diagnose their patients.
In addition to medical use, the device may also be useful for the wellness market, as it provides essential information on nutrition, diet, exercise performance and mental status to provide proactive suggestions for lifestyle improvements for health and wellness.
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