THE PROBLEM OF NEONATAL JAUNDICE

An estimated 114.000 newborns die from jaundice every year

Jaundice is a major cause of death and brain damage in low and middle income countries. This is due to the high cost of the medical devices used to accurately diagnose the condition. In addition, the shortened stays at maternity wards after birth in high income countries has created a demand for more distributed technologies for managing jaundice.

Current devices are either highly unreliable, like the one shown in the image above, or prohibitively expensive. Treatment is relatively cheap, so there is therefore a need for reliable low cost diagnostic devices. The above video shows our pediatrician Anders Aune and Dr. Mahendra Sampurna and his team at Dr. Soetomo General Hospital in Surabaya testing a prototype of the Picterus App.

OUR SOLUTION

A smartphone app thatestimates newborn jaundice levels

Advanced Technology

Our patented technology is based on state of the art biomedical optics. This makes us able to provide the best possible estimates of jaundice level while at the same time correcting for skin pigmentation.

User Friendly

Our user friendly design ensures that anyone is able to use the app after seeing just a short video tutorial on how it should be used.

Low Cost

Since the only external hardware needed is a printed paper card, we are able to distribute our system at a much lower price point than the competition.

The Picterus App will become CE certified and commercially available in Europe in 2021.

The current development of the Picterus App is funded in part by a grant from EIC Accelerator.

Demo Video

Team

Board of Directors

Hiring

If you would like to come work for us, please send us an email to contact@picterus.com with your CV and why you would like to work at Picterus.

Published Papers, Patents and Certifications

Aune A, Vartdal G, Bergseng H, Randeberg LL, Darj E. Bilirubin estimates from smartphone images of newborn infants' skin correlated highly to serum bilirubin levels. Acta Paediatr. 2020 Dec;109(12):2532-2538. doi: 10.1111/apa.15287. Epub 2020 Apr 19. PMID: 32267569.

Amani M., Falk H., Jensen O.D., Vartdal G., Aune A., Lindseth F. (2019) Color Calibration on Human Skin Images. In: Tzovaras D., Giakoumis D., Vincze M., Argyros A. (eds) Computer Vision Systems. ICVS 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11754. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34995-0_20

Picterus AS is ISO 13485 certified with certificate number: MD 710058

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