Since HemeVision consists, at the moment, of just one person, I should introduce myself, and tell you how I got here, and how to get in touch with me, if you're interested. My name is Jim Bearden, and I live in the "Silicon Valley" area of northern California. My educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in Physics, and a Master's and Ph.D. in Biophysics. I did basic research in molecular biology for a number of years, and got into writing computer programs to analyze DNA sequences when the first personal computers became available. This eventually turned into several full-time jobs writing software for medical diagnostic instruments, which I've been doing for over 25 years now. I learned most of what I know about hematology while working for the Hematology Unit of Abbott Laboratories Diagnostic Division for almost 16 years. I retired from that position in 2008 in order to have more time to pursue other goals, such as the ones described here. There are a large number of people in the world who could benefit from the diagnostic results that hematology instruments can provide, but this will only happen if the instruments can be made much simpler, less expensive, and more portable than those presently available. I think some version of the project described here can deliver such an instrument, and if you have any interest in contributing to this goal, or if you have any questions or suggestions about what I've described, please e-mail me at Thank you for your interest.