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Greek Americans are on the team of “Final Frontier Medical Devices” QUALCOMM TRICORDER XPRIZE COMPETITION

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Congratulations to our Greek Community members who are on the team of “Final Frontier Medical Devices” of Paoli, PA (see attached press release and ) that is one of the 10 finalists for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Competition ( The team consists of:
1) Basil M. Harris, MD, PhD, FACEP,

Founder and President of Basil Leaf Technologies, Team Leader and Medical Director of Final Frontier Medical Devices.

2) George C. Harris,

Founder and Vice-President of Basil Leaf Technologies, Chief Engineer of Final Frontier Medical Devices.

3) Julia D. Harris, MPH, MIA,

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4) Constantine “Gus” F. Harris, MD, FACS,

Hardware/Sensor/Signal Processing Specialist and Physician Advisor.

They are the children of Dr. Harry G. Harris, Professor Emeritus, Drexel University and longtime resident of Broomall, PA who are all graduates of Marple-Newtown High School.

The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a $10 million global competition to stimulate innovation and integration of precision diagnostic technologies, helping consumers make their own reliable health diagnoses anywhere, anytime. The competition requires teams to create a mobile consumer device that can diagnose 16 medical conditions from anemia to urinary tract infections and monitor 5 vital signs including blood pressure and respiratory rate. They are one of originally 300 teams from around the world who started competing in 2012. Next comes further judging from a panel of experts, diagnostic evaluations and consumer testing before a first prize ($7 million), second prize ($2 million) and third prize ($1 million) are awarded in early 2016, the 50th anniversary of the science fiction series Star Trek where such a diagnostic device was first used.

Paoli-Based Startup, Basil Leaf Technologies, Selected as Finalist For $10 Million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE

Paoli, Pa. (August 27, 2014) – Basil Leaf Technologies has been announced as one of ten finalists for the $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.

Basil Leaf Technologies is building DxtER (pronounced Dexter), a portable, consumer-level device capable of collecting and interpreting large amounts of data to accurately diagnose specific medical conditions, provide users with real-time insight regarding their health and guide them to appropriate action.

Drawing on years of experience as an Emergency Department physician, Basil Leaf Technologies founder, Dr. Basil Harris, understands that patients want to be meaningfully engaged in their own health decisions.
“Our company is at the forefront of a new era of consumer medical technology,” said Harris. “An entirely new market is emerging that engages consumers and puts them in the driver’s seat. Our device is smart and simple, giving people the help and answers they need when they need this input the most. There is nothing like it in existence, and we believe this technology will change the face of health care.”


Team Final Frontier, which is made up (left to right) of brothers George Harris, Basil Harris and Gus Harris, came to San Diego late last month for instructions on the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize contest. Organizers held a photo session with each of the 10 finalists dressed in Star Trek uniforms. — XPrize

Basil Leaf Technologies dreams of bringing the first iteration of the medical Tricorder from science fiction to science reality. Their Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE team includes physicians, engineers, designers, health policy experts, mobile technology and sensor professionals who are passionate about revolutionizing healthcare.

To learn more about Basil Leaf Technologies and their device, visit
For more information about the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, visit

About Basil Leaf Technologies

Basil Leaf Technologies was founded in 2013 by two brothers, Basil Harris, a physician with a PhD in engineering and George Harris, a network engineer with a background in computer science. Together they have compiled a team of experts in healthcare and technology to compete in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition.

Basil Harris has been actively practicing emergency medicine for more than eleven years at Lankenau Medical Center of Main Line Health and was named a 2013 Top Doctor by Main Line Today.

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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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