03 Apr 2016

The Tampon of the Future

Blavatnik Fellow develops new method for collecting blood samples


Ridhi Tariyal (MBA 2009)

Is it possible to draw blood from a person without causing discomfort? That question has puzzled scientists for years. And the solution—for women, at least—finally is coming to market as the result of work, and inspiration, of Ridhi Tariyal (MBA 2009), an entrepreneur with an engineering background.

“I was trying to develop a way for women to monitor their own fertility at home,” she told the New York Times recently. “Those kinds of diagnostic tests require a lot of blood. So I was thinking about women and blood. When you put those words together, it becomes obvious. We have an opportunity every single month to collect blood from women, without needles.”

Working with a business partner, Tariyal, who was a 2014 Blavatnik Fellow in Life Science Entrepreneurship, has developed a method for capturing menstrual flow and turning it into viable medical samples. “There’s lots of information in there,” Tariyal told the Times, “but right now, it’s all going in the trash.”

Read more of her story.

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