Updated on 13 June 2015
Ms Maryam Sadeghi shows off an early version of MoleScope (Picture courtesy: http://www.sfu.ca)
Simon Fraser University PhD alumna Ms Maryam Sadeghi has developed MoleScope, an innovative hand-held tool that uses a smartphone to monitor skin for signs of cancer.
Ms Sadeghi, who laid the groundwork for the device during her PhD thesis research, has spent three years transitioning from academic research to her start-up venture, MetaOptima Technology.
The company's inaugural product is MoleScope, a device that enables people to monitor their moles and skin health, share images with family and healthcare providers and eventually, connect with skin specialists online.
"I love working with people to help them manage their health. This is exactly what I imagined doing as a student and now my vision is being realized through the launch of MoleScope, and my company, MetaOptima Technology," said Ms Sadeghi.
MoleScope comprises a mini-microscope that attaches to a smartphone, an app (iOS, Android, or web compatible) and a cloud-based analytical platform called DermEngine. Once people take high-quality, high-resolution images of suspicious moles or skin abnormalities, they can archive images and communicate concerns with others.