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This Breathalizer Detects Disease Early


Imagine a smartphone app that could predict in advance when you were were coming down with a cold. Pretty convenient, right? Now imagine the same smartphone app could tell someone he or she was in the early stages of cancer… now that’s mind-blowing. Meet Na-Nose, the technological device that can detect oncoming disease while you’re still feeling healthy.

Na-Nose poster hanging in Ben Gurion Airport Israel


The Man Behind it All

Professor Hossam Haick of the Technion is an expert of non-invasive disease diagnosis, attempting to make the diagnosing process a little less painful for the patient. So far, he has won the Humboldt Research Award and was chosen as one of GOOD magazine’s Most Influential People of 2016.  Professor Haick’s breakthrough can help medical professionals all over the world treat patients in the earliest stages of disease.


Professor Hossam Haick researcher and nanotechnology expert working for the Technion


Breathtec Biomedical Inc is collaborating with the Technion in order to further medical research and hopes to use this technology worldwide for early screening of medical conditions. Once this device is installed in smartphones, people won’t even need to go to checkups: your phone can alert you to any illness you may be coming down with.


Heart-shaped rock engraved with the word "Breathe"

We found this innovation incredibly inspiring. What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

For more on the topic, take a look at the website or watch the full introductory video here:

Shira Koenigsberg
Shira Koenigsberg
Shira is American-Israeli and currently lives in Jerusalem. She enjoys yoga, red wine, and good books. Her literary influences include JK Rowling, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bob Dylan, and Dr Seuss.


  1. I & P Koenigsberg says:

    Wow! Terrific! Bravo to Prof Haick and staff and of course to Technion.

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