What is the technology behind Aina?

Transferring a wet chemistry lab into dry chemistry test strips, with accessibility and affordability in mind

From a wet lab to a dry strip

We engineer layers of porous materials, like paper, coated with dry chemistry to make diagnostic tests. Upon contact with blood, capillary action drives passive flow across or through a strip, the flowing liquid activates the chemistry, and the chemistry creates a signal that Aina can read.

We harness the full arsenal of biochemistry--immunoassays, enzymatic assays, and chemical affinity--to create the right test for the desired biomarker.

A universal reader

The signals on the test strip are read by our Aina device, an optical reader capable of reading multiple modalities (colorimetric and fluorescent). Our proprietary design of the optics is compact, affordable, and allows multiple assays to be analyzed on the same reader. The flexibility of Aina allows it to be used for tests we haven’t imagined yet.

Connected, mobile platform

There are many advantages of having a mobile connected platform. We are able to reprogram Aina devices in the field for new tests seamlessly with over-the-air software upgrades and also identify devices that need to be serviced and troubleshoot them remotely to ensure quality and reliability at scale.

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How is our technology different than our competitors?

Our technology is designed for screening, primary care, and home monitoring settings

There is an unmet need for an affordable diagnostic system for chronic disease management in primary and community care settings. Diagnostic tests using array technologies and microfluidics require expensive equipment and capital intensive manufacturing. Though these types of diagnostics might be suitable for established hospitals which require testing hundreds of samples at a time, they are not designed to fit the needs of community and home care.