Senior Chemist, Felicity Meyer, conducts daily scanning at home during quarantine for TeakOrigin's Lab@Home project.
(Look for a furry friend cameo at :13)
What’s a food data company to do when its lab has to close due to COVID-19 quarantining? Set up at home!
Just because we’re quarantined, doesn’t mean we have to stop pursuing our mission to understand what’s happening inside the food we buy and eat. We’ve established a decentralized testing team to create the TeakOrigin's Lab@Home, to study how time and various means of storage impact your produce and their nutrients.
Up until recently, doing this kind of real-time food analysis in the market, let alone at home, was impossible. Previously, such insights would come only after laborious lab tests and weeks of waiting, all at a prohibitive cost. TeakOrigin has found a way to conduct testing from any location in the world with the combination of a few important technologies, including applying analytical chemistry, as never before.
To capture these insights, we’re using optical spectrometers, like you find in a lab, that connect to TeakOrigin’s proprietary software. Once team members upload data, our software compares the findings to data models we’ve already built with thousands of tests, millions of data points, and the insights of our analytical chemists. This allows us to create a specific profile for each type of produce, with models for each type of nutrient. The power of combining these technologies allows us to gather data and gain insights at unprecedented speeds with near lab-grade accuracy.
To read more about TeakOrigin’s Lab@Home and other interesting insights from other testings, visit our Medium page:
TeakOrigin (teakorigin.com) is a food data company staffed with a passionate team of entrepreneurs, and food and data scientists, on a mission to help people make better food decisions by showing what’s happening inside of food. TeakOrigin uses a combination of analytical chemistry, optical spectroscopy, and machine learning — for rapid, nondestructive, and highly accurate quality assessment of foods’ authenticity, quality, and freshness.