In 2014 Judit started her bachelor's in biomedical engineering at the University of Barcelona, where she met a dog that smelled patients’ breath and barked if they had lung cancer. She then thought that "if biology has a way to do it, we engineers could build a device on this principle too". And so her bachelor thesis started.
The goal of her career became then clear: She wanted to use engineering to mimic a dog’s nose with an Arduino microprocessor and a couple of sensors; and to translate the brain’s olfactory cortex into a piece of AI-based Python code.
California seemed to be the right place to do so, so she moved there to study the master of embedded cyber-physical systems at the University of California Irvine... Where she meet Billy, a computer scientist from Taiwan! Together they built a Blue Box that managed to properly classify 95% of the mestatic breast cancer samples that she'd collected in Barcelona. Now this technology has turned into a Barcelona and California-based startup and a potential future medical device.
Designed after a dog's olfactory system and olfactory neurons, The Blue Box is an AI-powered biomedical device aimed at in-home breast cancer testing in a non-invasive, non-irradiating, inexpensive, specific and user-friendly way... Just by introducing a urine sample in a "BOX"!
The Blue Box was created to elevate the need to provide better healthcare to every woman around the globe. By doing so, we aim at creating a change in the way we -as a society- fight breast cancer.