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Challenge <p>Non Invasive Strep Throat and Nasal Pharyngeal Sampling</p>

Non Invasive Strep Throat and Nasal Pharyngeal Sampling

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 228
Posted: Feb 06 2018
Challenge ID: 9934103
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We are seeking non-invasive ways to collect a bacteria sample from the back of the throat and nasal cavity without causing patient discomfort or gagging. 


The Seeker is looking for non-invasive ways to collect a bacteria sample from the back of the throat and nasal cavity without causing patient discomfort or gagging.

The submission to the Challenge should include the following: A well designed process and/or device that meet the objective of sample retrieval from the back of the throat and/or nasal cavity, without causing gagging or discomfort.

Approaches should be:

  • Preferably, completely Non-invasive, but at a minimum, not induce gagging or discomfort
  • Safe and easy for consumers to self-administer
  • Disposable and single use
  • Low cost (under $1USD when mass produced)
  • Completely safe (even if ingested)

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Submissions to this Challenge must be received by (US Eastern Time) on March 11, 2018. Late submissions will not be considered.

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