This Device Can Test What Foods You Are Allergic To

By Elijah Labby Sunday, April 4, 2021

A new startup company has created a device that can test foods for allergens and alert users to how they might react to eating certain foods. Additionally, the company behind this product has also raised $4.1 million in seed funding to bring the technology to more people.

Common food allergens.

What the Allergy Testing Business Could Mean to Millions

The company is called Allergy Amulet, and it’s solving a big problem in the United States (US).

About 32 million Americans have food allergies, so the goal is a noble one and one that could have a large audience. Because of that, venture capital firms Titletown Tech, AllerFund, and Lightship Capital are putting their money behind the allergy testing startup company in the hopes that it will soon make allergy testing easier and more accessible.

What the Founder of the Company Has to Say

Abigail Barnes, who co-founded the company and is now its CEO, said the time was right for a startup business like Allergy Amulet.

“Over the last year, it’s become increasingly clear that we need to get Allergy Amulet into the hands of as many people as possible,” she said. “Parents, caretakers and people suffering from food allergies have told us time and again they need an additional tool in their toolbox to help them. We’re ready to make the future better and ensure that every person with a food allergy can safely savor life’s important moments.”

The Business of Allergy Testing and Its Global Value

The allergy testing startup company has raised $5.8 million in total business funding, and the allergy testing market is growing quickly.

The global allergy diagnostics market is expected to be worth a total of $5.74 billion by 2022 and is growing at a compounded annual rate of over 10%. That means that a startup business like Allergy Amulet has a lot to gain in terms of usefulness and market value.

Managing Partner of AllerFund, Lisa Strovink, agreed with Barnes that Allergy Amulet could solve a big problem.

“Food allergy and food-related diseases have become an epidemic,” she said. “The combination of Allergy Amulet’s ease of use and accuracy holds great potential for community impact.”

The Future of Allergy Amulet

Now that the startup company has secured the funding, it wants to keep improving the quality of its testing systems. Furthermore, it plans on increasing manufacturing capacity and the number of allergy testing capabilities that the business can provide, all while growing the company staff.

If the allergy testing startup business is able to achieve all of these plans, it would be something of a paradigm shift for those who suffer from allergies. It could be the difference between endlessly repeating one’s food allergies to waiters, hosts, and others, and being given the ability to discern which foods are safe to eat by oneself. In short, it could make the lives of those who suffer from these allergies easier.

That’s a big goal — and a noble one, too. With this recent round of funding, Allergy Amulet is one step closer to changing the game for those who suffer from allergies.

About the Author


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Elijah Labby is a graduate of the National Journalism Center. He has previously written for Broadband Breakfast, a technology and internet policy website.

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