Diagnostics is a critical part of treating diseases effectively. Cody P. Doolan, Jared M. Doolan and their company, ILLUCIDx, are developing a point-of-care diagnostic device that is simple and fast to use, producing results in minutes. Using a chemistry called loop mediated amplification (LAMP), the level of detection is extremely sensitive and because it doesn’t require a lab or extensive training to process the results, it can be accessed by more people in more places. 

The founders' original intention was to design a device that could be used in remote locations and developing communities, in particular for the detection of malaria among pregnant women in Ethiopia. However, they pivoted to adapt the device as a rapid COVID-19 test and their technology has already been in use as part of the International Border Testing Pilot Program. With the diagnostics technology, ILLUCIDx designed a solution that is simple and cost-effective, requiring minimal training or laboratory infrastructure to implement. The goal has always been to serve public-health good by improving health outcomes, particularly for neglected populations, and save costs. 

Investment through UCeed has been crucial to completing the company's microfluidic cartridge diagnostic system. Beyond the financial investment, the process of partnering with UCeed has been a worthwhile experience for this young venture. “Not only was the investment from UCeed important, but the entire experience working with the UCeed team has been valuable," says Cody Doolan, CEO of ILLUCIDx.

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ILLUCIDx has received investment from UCeed, a venture philanthropy fund accelerating UCalgary and community-based startup companies to advance problem-solving research, create jobs and fuel the economy. A key program in the UCalgary innovation ecosystem, UCeed bridges the gap between innovation, demonstration and commercialization, and is managed by UCalgary’s knowledge-transfer and business incubator, Innovate Calgary.

UCeed Health Fund is supported by the generosity of the River Fund at the Calgary Foundation and its mission to build a healthy and vibrant community where everyone belongs.