NASA launches rHEALTH blood analyzer to the International Space Station

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Left – Antares NG-17 at launch. Right – Eugene Chan MD holding rHEALTH ONE for spaceflight.

“It is a marvel of a long collaboration with NASA. The device is designed to provide both comprehensive health information for astronauts as they travel to Mars and self-sustaining health accessible to everyone on Earth,” said Eugene Chan, MD.

rHEALTH announced today that NASA has successfully launched its rHEALTH ONE blood analyzer into space on the NASA Commercial Resupply Mission NG-17. The rHEALTH ONE was transported to the International Space Station (ISS) via the NG-17 Cygnus spacecraft, launched by a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket. The rocket successfully launched from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia shortly after noon on February 19. The path to the space station included a two-stage rocket launch, with the first stage lasting about three and a half minutes, a second burn stage for two and a half minutes, and then a 2-day transit to the ISS.

The rHEALTH ONE is a universal biomedical analyzer that can analyze a variety of biomedical analytes from a small drop (8 microliters) of blood, urine, swabs or other biological fluids. The capabilities of rHEALTH technology cover a wide range of assay classes, including cell count, chemistry, small molecules, biomarkers and nucleic acids. In space, the lack of medical assistance, confined environments and real-time communications can exacerbate the difficulties in responding to medical emergencies. There is a real and pressing need to quickly and easily obtain medical diagnostic and research information for long-duration space travel. NASA’s goal for this technology is to advance its readiness by showing how it works in a real space environment and to provide real Earth benefits for all of us.

Present at the launch, Eugene Chan MD, CEO and inventor of the rHEALTH technology, said: “It’s a marvel of a long collaboration with NASA. The device is designed to provide both comprehensive health information for astronauts as they travel to Mars and self-help health accessible to everyone on Earth.”

The technology will be exploited by NASA astronauts for technology demonstration in the coming months.

About rHEALTH

rHEALTH is a company focused on the development and commercialization of its Your Health, AnywhereTM technology. The rHEALTH blood sensor is the subject of multiple XPRIZE awards, contracts with NASA and more than a dozen issued patents. For more information, visit http://www.rhealth.com.

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