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Foldscope, a Paper Microscope to Help Diagnose Disease


Innovator: Manu Prakash
Age: 34
Title: Assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University

Form and function: A pocket-size microscope for diagnosing diseases in the developing world. Parts—lenses included—are laid out on a single sheet that can be perforated and folded to assemble the instrument. Approximate cost to manufacture: $1.

Lanks is the design editor of Businessweek.com.

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