Stephanie Yaung and George Xu Receive Legatum Seed Grants

June 12, 2012

Stephanie Yaung and George Xu

Medical Engineering and Medical Physics team members Stephanie Yaung (a 2010 MIT Presidential Fellow) and George Xu were awarded 2012 Legatum Seed Grants from Health Sciences and Technology for their project Quantamerix. Quantamerix is developing more accessible and widespread testing for newborns in China, where the screening rate for easily treatable disorders is less than 10% in resource-limited settings. This technology provides doctors with quantitative results before newborns go home with their families, without requiring a separate device to read out the result from a test strip, making the device portable and low-cost. The Legatum Center at MIT awards Seed Grants to assist student teams in developing for-profit enterprises in low-income countries with funding for travel, market research, prototype development, pilot testing and other related expenses that directly advance the project. Read more in the Boston Herald. To learn more about the Legatum Center at MIT, please visit

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