UK company SCANurse Reaches Final Stage of Global Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize Competition


London – SCANurse, a London-based digital health company, today announced it is one of 10 companies to reach the final stage of the prestigious $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a 3.5-year global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation for teams to develop a consumer-focused, mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting a set of 15 medical conditions and capturing five vital health metrics. Launched in January 2012, the competition encourages the development of a device much like the medical Tricorder of Star Trek® fame, moving it from science fiction to science reality.

During the Qualifying Round, each team was required to submit an entry that addressed safety, user experience and a health assessment evaluation. The judging panel, comprised of various digital health and medical industry experts, reviewed 21 team submissions from nine countries and selected the 10 most credible entries.

“We are excited to be chosen as one of three European finalists for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE,” said Anil Vaidya, founder of SCANurse. “The calibre of teams competing in this competition is extremely high so we are thrilled to advance and are grateful to our engineering and design partners who helped contribute to the success of our entry.”

SCANurse now has to build its device and submit the prototypes for consumer testing and evaluation in the USA in the spring of 2015. The company is now actively talking to investors that will support its entry.

Vaidya continued: “Our submission utilises existing technological solutions to solve the problem, rather than developing approaches that are too far away from the marketplace. This means that users will benefit immediately from what will be a pioneering medical device.”

Notes for Editors


SCANurse is a UK entrant set up specifically to enter the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition. The company was founded by Anil Vaidya, a medical engineer by background with over 20 years of experience working in the life sciences field. SCANurse’s entry is supported by various engineering and design partners, including Triteq, Kingston University, Skin Analytics and Owlstone.


Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $2.25M Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE and the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, visit

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