A Smart Pad for At-Home Preterm Birth Diagnostics
In developed countries, more than 16% of pregnant women are hospitalized for risk of premature birth but only 30% of these patients will deliver prematurely. REA, a spinoff project from EPFL, developed the first at-home test for preterm birth diagnostics. REA’s Smart Pad analyzes vaginal secretions, screening for proteins that are indicative of birth. A negative test result reassures a pregnant woman that she won’t give birth in the next seven days and relieves her from stress and costly visits to the hospital.