u-Smell-it™ powered by EDC® Awarded Global Innovation XPRIZE
Gainesville, VA, USA: u-Smell-it™ LLC powered by Enterprise Database Corporation (EDC®) has been declared a winner in the XPRIZE Rapid COVID Testing Open Innovation Track, recognizing u-Smell-it™’s high potential for impactful screening, scalability, and access.
“We are thrilled to announce the winners of the XPRIZE Rapid COVID Testing,” said Anousheh Ansari, CEO of XPRIZE. “We started this journey to ensure communities across the globe have access to fast, affordable, and easy-to-use COVID-19 tests. We are grateful to have the best entrepreneurial and scientific teams on board to help bring their solutions to scale so we can properly reopen schools, businesses, and other vital institutions around the world.”
XPRIZE is a leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, and the XPRIZE Rapid COVID Testing was a $6 million dollar, 6-month competition to develop faster, cheaper, and easier to use COVID-19 testing methods at scale. The winners were chosen by an independent panel, selecting the winners from more than 700 international companies.
“This award is an honor,” said Dr. Derek Toomre, Yale University School of Medicine professor and founder of u-Smell-it™, “but the real honor will come as this test helps keep people healthy, helps keep schools open, and enables economies to thrive.”
u-Smell-it™ detects deficiencies in the sense of smell, a common symptom of COVID-19, by using a test card with five scent areas, such as banana and mint. Test results are ready in 45 seconds with the easy-to-use app or website, and the u-Smell-it™ test’s efficacy has been proven in multiple clinical trials.
u-Smell-it™ has also pledged that for every individual test purchased, another test will be donated to an area in need.
“Our EDC® team is thrilled to celebrate this global award for u-Smell-it™, knowing that this will increase the positive impact for lives and economies around the globe,” said Diana Corona, President of EDC®.
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