April 6, 2021

CARB-X Funding Announcement

Novel Microdevices, Inc. awarded up to $13.8 million from CARB-X for the development of a rapid, point-of-care, molecular diagnostic platform for the detection of sexually transmitted diseases, including antibiotic-resistant infections

Revolutionary Technology

Novel Microdevices’ rapid point-of-care diagnostic is designed for portability, weighing only four pounds. It is battery-powered, making it particularly suited to low resource settings and low-and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The molecular testing platform implements polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology on a disposable cartridge. The patient sample is added to the cartridge, which is then inserted into the Novel Dx system, which analyzes the genetic sequence of cells to identify disease and the presence of genetic mutations known to make bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

How it Works

Lab Quality and Clinically-Actionable Results in Minutes

The Novel Dx device detects the genetic material of pathogens using Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques (NAAT). These are the same methods utilized by clinical reference laboratories. Novel Dx delivers lab-quality results in under 30 minutes so patients are tested, diagnosed, and treated in the same visit.

Step 1

Collect Sample

Saliva, swabs, urine

Step 2

Load Sample

Single use, test specific cartridge

Step 3

Run Test

Clear results displayed on screen

The Novel Dx System and Diagnostic Assays are in development and not available for sale

Product Features


Equivalent to lab test
Antibiotic stewardship = savings


Can detect extremely low levels of pathogens


Weighing <4 lbs; Battery powered

Easy to use

Automated, designed for CLIA waiver 


Multiple targets per test


Results displayed in ~25 minutes


Extremely Low Instrument and Cartridge Cost of Goods Sold (COGS)

Multiple sample types

Detects a wide range of pathogens from multiple sample types


Synced to Novel Dx Cloud


stackable design for increased throughput

Results in less than 30 minutes

Novel Microdevices provides fast, simple and accurate results in less than half an hour instead of days.

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