Picterus is an app under development designed to monitor jaundice in newborns.

Untreated jaundice in newborns is responsible for more than 100,000 deaths and a substantial number of permanent brain damages each year. More than three quarters of these deaths occur in the poorest regions of the world, in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. Cheap treatment is available through e.g. sunlight, but the diagnostic devices in use today cost around 10,000 dollars, making them practically unavailable in low-resource settings.


Smartphones are now penetrating into the poorest countries of the world. We, professor Lise Randeberg, pediatrician Anders Aune, and Gunnar Vartdal, are therefore working on developing a smartphone app capable of diagnosing this condition. The technology behind Picterus is now patent pending, and we have received funding from NTNU Discovery and to verify the technology.

If you would like more information about the project, or would like to come in contact with us, please don’t hesitate to e-mail gunnar@picterus.com