This Startup Is Using Sound Waves To Detect Breast Cancer Earlier Than Ever Before. Read BreastIT's Startup Story.
"I still think that there is nothing worthwhile that comes easy. You have to give it your time, you have to give it a lot of patience and trust the process."
When it comes to innovation in 2019, startup owners David Mwesigwa and Moris Atwine of BreastIT are at the very forefront.
BreastIT is a mobile breast cancer diagnosis glove which is pushing the boundaries of science, technology and the startup world.
The glove allows the user to use a less intrusive method to test for breast cancer quickly. The glove uses piezoelectric crystals, which in turn produce ultrasound to screen for cancerous cells.
The sound waves reach the inner part of the breast, which then bounces off the breast tissue reflecting the waves and generates an image.
This information and imagery is sent to a software which uses learning and comparison with it's current database. It then gives a full analysis of the breast scan.
This incredible startup story began in 2014, is ongoing and has a long journey ahead. The resilience, vested interest and pure passion of David and Moris will no doubt drive them to success and in turn create a tool which will help catch breast cancer early and prolong the lives of many.
Read our Q & A with BreastIT now to discover more from this innovative startup team and product.
Q. Tell us about your startup BreastIT
A. BreastIT is a handheld, pocket sized ultrasound system that enables radiologists to make focused assessments and accelerate treatment decisions at the point of care.
Q. Tell us a little about the founders of BreastIT
A. David Mwesigwa likes watching movies and playing cricket in his free time. Moris Atwine is an ardent fan of racing, from formula 1 to go-karting and rally.
He also spends some of his time playing computer games.
Q. What has been BreastIT's greatest achievement so far?
A. The evolution of the prototypes, which has been a long journey from the start to where we are now.
Q. What has been BreastIT's biggest hurdle so far?
A. Production line, because there’s no control over it, plus all the regulatory issues that crop up.
Q. What are the next steps for you to develop BreastIT?
A. We’re now headed for a large clinical testing with the cancer institute in Uganda to ascertain the efficacy of the new prototype, in terms of specificity and sensitivity.
Q. We discovered BreastIT at World Labs startup conference this year, how does attending shows like this help with your startup journey?
A. We want to keep sharing the work we’re doing as much as we can, if the opportunity is given.
Sometimes you don’t know who you’re inspiring to believe in what they’re doing, who could be your future customer or who would be of help in any way.
Q. Any tips you would share with someone who is turning their business idea into a reality?
A. I still think that there is nothing worthwhile that comes easy. You have to give it your time, you have to give it a lot of patience and trust the process.
And of course, do what you love. Some people tend to go for something they don’t love because they want to make sure their pockets are happy.
But I feel that in this life, when you’ve changed a couple of people’s lives and changed people’s mindsets - then that’s impactful.
Q. We use words in everyday life and via marketing techniques; how do you think the power of words will help to tell BreastIT's story, use and purpose?
A. We believe it’s a solid way of building our audience and awareness about our product/ service, which will help us to understand the feedback from all stakeholders and easily determine our market.
Q. What's next for BreastIT?
A. We’re now headed for a clinical study and will then go for further development. And later, certification and patenting, before going for mass production.
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