Day Zero Diagnostics is a new start-up that hopes to disrupt the lengthy and life threatening process of infection diagnosis.
Infections can become deadly in a matter of hours, but the current diagnostic process can take days, or even weeks. While waiting for results, doctors often result to putting patients on a broad-spectrum of antibiotics, which don't work for every patient. Day Zero Diagnostics aims to put an end to lengthy wait times with a newly developed test that can identify a specific bacterial strain in a matter of hours.
The device works through a machine-learning algorithm, which consults a microbial resistance database to attain more information in a timely manner. This modernization of infectious disease treatment is still undergoing testing at the Harvard Life Lab, but its creators hope that it is able to serve as a medical resource in the upcoming years.