Astek’s first product will be the Jiddu, a benchtop analyzer that can identify the presence of a bacterial infection in urine and then perform antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) of the bacterium in one hour. This will inform physicians which antibiotics would be best to give to patients in a short period of time.
The Jiddu is a benchtop analyzer made up of two distinct parts through microfluidics - a separation chamber and analyzer. The bacteria is first isolated from urine in the separation chamber, and then metabolic activity is measured through an ultra-sensitive detector using fluorescent dye. This metabolic activity is used to determine antibiotic susceptibility.