Aquatest Incubator

Robert Mathews

Aquatest incubator is a portable and low-cost field incubator.

Product description Brand name and product description

Aquatest incubator is a low-cost phase-change incubator initially designed for microbiological water testing particularly in conjunction with the Aquatest kit. However, it can also be adapted for other fields, including clinical microbiology, environmental monitoring, and sample transport. The portable and user-friendly incubator does not require an electrical power supply for testing.

The Aquatest incubator was developed as part of the Aquatest project. This was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. There was only a limited number produced for trials and evaluation. The incubator worked well, although the Aquatest device itself was less successful, therefore the product itself is discontinued for now. Interview with representative, August 2020

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)
Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

This product will be implemented by 17 organizations in 16 countries especially through water suppliers, health surveillance agencies, international NGOs, and researchers.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

4 USD as of 2013 pricing

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Competitors of this product include other water testing kits such as the Oxfam-DelAgua Single Incubator Kit, Water Test Kit: Dual Incubator, Vecom test kit potable water+ incubator, Aqua test standard incubator, and Body belt incubator. However, there are several other portable incubators in the market.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Governments, companies and users in remote areas with poor facility of water testing and electricity.

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