The CellScope, a cellphone-based microscope platform developed in Professor Dan Fletcher’s lab and now a startup company, has received $1 million in startup funding from Khosla Ventures.
CellScope’s first offering will be a smartphone-enabled otoscope that will help doctors to remotely diagnose ear infections in children. Ear infections in children make up 30 million doctor visits annually in the US alone. The consumer device would allow doctors to diagnose and write prescriptions remotely, bypassing costly and time-consuming office visits.
CellScope expects to launch future products focused on throat and skin exams, including non-clinical apps for consumer skincare.