Paoli Doctor’s Team Wins Multimillion-Dollar Prize in Star Trek Competition

The team led by Paoli's Basil Harris just won the top prize of $2.5 million in Qualcomm’s XPrize quest to create a real-life Star Trek tricorder.

The world’s best attempt to translate Star Trek’s legendary science fiction into today’s reality just blessed a local doctor and his team with a $2.5 million prize in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize competition.

Paoli’s Basil Harris, a native of Newtown Square and an E.R. doctor at Lankenau Medical Center, and his team, officially called Final Frontier Medical Devices, came closest to meeting the stringent requirements for the Star Trek tricorder contest.

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They edged out its HTC-backed rival to claim the leading portion of what could have been up to $7 million, according to a Philly report by Roberto Torres.

“It has been a thrill and an honor to practice my craft with my XPrize team,” said team member Phil Charron.

“I met Basil and his siblings when I was 12 years old. They were makers before makers was a thing, and it paid off big time. Our winning advantage was using an evidence-based approach to engineering and design — something that assures success, but is practiced so rarely.”

The team’s Star Trek tricorder-like DxtER device diagnoses 34 health conditions.

Read more about the triumph on Philly here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of the team’s pursuit of making the Star Trek tricorder here.

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