Tricca Technologies Inc. brings metabolite research technology to the masses. Inspired by the “tricorder” from Star Trek and with the help from our collaborators, we make affordable, portable, and easy-to-use biosensor technologies a reality. Our two patent-pending sensors work by measuring metabolites through two distinct technologies, colour-sensing and impedance sensing. These two simple technologies enable researchers to bring their work to the market.
Tricca Technologies Inc. enables affordable, accurate, and accessible metabolite based technologies.
Dr. Scott MacKay received his undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics and his PhD in Electrical Engineering both at the University of Alberta. He works with Dr. Wishart and Dr. Chen and founded Tricca with them.
James Cook is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta. He is the project manager at Tricca and has been integral in making the first few prototypes. His work involves 3D printing, CNC machining, app programming, and embedded systems programming.
Dr. David Wishart is a professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Science. He is a world-leading researcher in the fields of metabolomics and precision medicine. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada. He has connections to industry and research in bioinformatics and the development of diagnostic medical tests. He led the “Human Metabolome Project” and is the current director of the metabolomic innovation centre (TMIC).
Dr. Jie Chen received his PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. He is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Jie Chen is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He has co-authored two books, 190 journal and conference proceeding papers. He holds ten patents awarded, several of which have been either used in production or licensed by various companies.
Tricca’s colour sensor is proof that qualitative colour sensing works for measuring metabolites. Each reaction reacts with a sample to produce a colour and the degree to which the colour has developed is directly proportional to the amount of metabolite present in the sample. This colour can then be measured by a computer under controlled lighting conditions, and related to a concentration. After measuring multiple metabolites this way, the sensor device then uses a built-in algorithm to make a medical assessment of the sample. Quantitative colour assays are well studied, and affordable, meaning they provide an excellent alternative to traditional methods of measuring metabolites.