Seventeen-year-old Anya Pogharian from Montreal is working with Héma-Québec, which manages the blood supply of Quebec, to test a $500 portable dialysis machine she created for a science fair, CBC News Montreal reported.

Pogharian told CBC that she was inspired to create the device after volunteering at a hospital dialysis unit.

She said she and her team at Héma-Québec had hoped it would filter four liters of blood in two and half hours, but it took only 25 minutes. The device has not yet been tested on humans, but Pogharian told CBC that she hopes it will be useful in disaster zones and developing countries.