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Aksense

Tackling antimicrobial resistance with portable diagnostics

“For me, the LIF+ programme has changed everything, I changed my business plan and I started to gain the right entrepreneurial mindset.”

Overview

Aksense is a portable diagnostic bio-sensor for better and faster diagnosis of healthcare-associated infections. Currently, it takes between one and three days to diagnose infections as test samples must go to a lab for testing, Aksense can give an accurate result in just one minute without the need for lab testing. This enables doctors to provide treatment quickly and accurately, saving time, money, and lives.
Instead of taking a patient’s blood sample and running the current process of identifying the type of bacteria, Aksense uses a blood-based electrochemical sensing technology to measure the body’s response to a pathogen, with over 90% accuracy.

Country of origin: Turkey

Website: www.aksense.com

People in the team: 5

The most valuable parts of the LIF+ programme

  • Accessing a wide network of peers, mentors, and alumni
  • Mentoring and motivation to keep focus and accelerate growth
  • Gaining valuable business acumen
  • Making direct connections to investors
  • Learning about different business cultures

“For me, the LIF+ programme has changed everything, I changed my business plan and I started to gain the right entrepreneurial mindset. I had attended previous programmes in Turkey but there was a big difference with the LIF+ programme.”

“Aksense is currently a working prototype; our first prototype, and we are working to finalise validation in-house and trying to scale it up into a real product and go through the certification process. LIF+ has helped us find potential funding routes and pitch our product directly to investors. If we get funding, we will scale up our prototype into a real product and get certification. Our second option is to look into collaborating with UK entities and applying for grants to find funds to create a commercial product.”

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