Cornelious Bernard, Founder and CEO of Ibhar Technologies, has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship for 2020

Cornelious Bernard, Founder and CEO of Ibhar Technologies (Bangalore, India), has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship for 2020 to support development of an Infection Prevention and Control Index that can help organizations gain insights into how well their infection control programs are functioning and bring about necessary improvements. Ibhar will also collaborate with PandemicTech and the UNAIDS Health Innovation Exchange to pursue its goal of scaling its solutions globally.

About Ibhar Technologies

While Infection prevention and control (IPC) information and evolved programs by WHO and US CDC have been around for several years, adherence to safe practices has been…


by Andrew Nerlinger and Lisa McDonald

Photography: “A Pandemic of Ignorance”. Location: Mexico City, Mexico. Artist unknown. September 2020.

As we enter what appears to be the third wave of COVID-19 in the United States, PandemicTech senior advisor Luis Ochoa Carrera sent the above photo to remind us that we are not only battling the virus itself but also broad misinformation and lack of information about the pandemic. COVID-19 has been a pandemic of ignorance, and fighting COVID-19 requires creating innovative approaches to communication alongside scientific and technological advances. We recognize the need for ideas that support communication, inclusivity, and access to opportunities to solve COVID-19 related challenges, and we are thrilled to…


Raphael Garcia, Operations Assistant at New Venture Institute at Flinders University and PandemicTech Innovation Fellow 2020

Raphael Garcia, Operations Assistant at New Venture Institute (NVI) at Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia), has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship for 2020 to support his work designing and manufacturing innovative diagnostics for neglected tropical diseases. He has collaborated with Dr. Endalamaw Gadisa, a microbiologist at the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), to develop a new low-cost rapid diagnostics test kit for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL). This test kit utilizes a Micro-Culture testing method which reduces overall diagnostics costs while being more sensitive and faster than other commonly used testing methods for this disease.

Raphael has extensive experience in…


Fatima Aziz, Research Coordinator at Aga Khan University and PandemicTech Innovation Fellow 2020

Fatima Aziz, a Ph.D. student at the University of Karachi and a Research Coordinator in the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at Aga Khan University, has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship for 2020 to support her efforts to develop technology-driven communications that improve biosafety and biosecurity training capacity in Pakistan.

Fatima is a Ph.D. student in microbiology at the University of Karachi where she currently studies respiratory viruses. She is concurrently a Research Coordinator in the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at Aga Khan University and has served as an American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Young Ambassador to Pakistan. Fatima has…


by Andrew Nerlinger and Lisa McDonald

Street Art: “Wear a Mask” at the South Austin Little League. Media: string on fence. July 2020.

Greetings from Austin, Texas, where it appears we may be returning towards another shutdown — a situation that highlights the need to maintain a long term outlook towards fighting COVID-19 and preventing future pandemics. Despite the setbacks in recent months in confronting the pandemic, it has been wonderful to see so many people from diverse backgrounds come together to face this challenge both within the PandemicTech community and within the broader global health security space.

PandemicTech is thrilled to welcome three highly accomplished new PandemicTech Innovation Fellows for 2020: Dr. Amal Kasry (Director of…


Ikpeme Neto, CEO and Founder of Wella Health and PandemicTech Innovation Fellow 2020

Ikpeme Neto, CEO and Founder of Wella Health, has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship for 2020 to support his company’s work creating epidemiological data collection and visualization tools that support Nigeria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is leading the development of a technology solution that provides a near real-time view of COVID-19 case management resource availability and utilization that will enable authorities to anticipate shortages and target interventions appropriately through actionable insights and advice.

Dr. Neto is an internal medicine physician and digital health entrepreneur focused on providing cost-effective technology solutions to improve the quality and affordability of…


Blaine Doyle, CEO and Founder of GlowDx and PandemicTech Innovation Fellow 2020

Blaine Doyle has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship for 2020 to continue scaling his company, GlowDx, and its testing efforts across Latin America in the battle against COVID-19. Currently GlowDx is focused on adapting their home testing model to COVID-19, enabling people to get access to testing for COVID-19 while sheltering in place. This will also take significant pressure off of healthcare centres by reducing patient traffic and reducing nosocomial transmission of COVID-19.

PandemicTech is a community of innovators based in Austin, Texas, dedicated to fighting pandemic infectious disease threats by bridging the gap between the infectious disease community…


Dr. Amal Kasry, Director of the Nanotechnology Research Centre at the British University in Egypt and PandemicTech Innovation Fellow for 2020

Dr. Amal Kasry has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship for 2020 in support of a joint project between the British University in Egypt (BUE) and the American University in Cairo (AUC), together with their industrial partner Nano Gate, to create a novel optical sensor that can be used for earlier detection and diagnosis of COVID-19.

COVID-19 has shown to be a highly infectious virus in comparison with other known strains of coronaviruses. Current techniques to detect the virus mainly rely on the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, which requires having a sample carefully taken from the throat of the…


by Andrew Nerlinger and Lisa McDonald

A deserted cityscape on the normally crowded Barton Springs Road in Austin, Texas, during the COVID-19 pandemic; March 2020

When we launched PandemicTech in 2016 we knew that there was a very real chance that a pandemic would arrive within the decade, but we could never have imagined the true impact that the COVID-19 pandemic would have both globally and in our own communities. …


The World Health Organization Africa Innovation Challenge: Praia, Cabo Verde

by PandemicTech

A major first step in developing a platform to scale locally-driven innovations is to create a pipeline of promising innovations.

PandemicTech co-founders Andrew Nerlinger and Lisa McDonald with WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, May 2019, Geneva

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) recognized this need when launching the inaugural WHO Africa Innovation Challenge in November 2018. The Innovation Challenge clearly tapped into an unmet need in the Africa heathcare innovation community, as WHO AFRO received over 2,600 submissions for the challenge over a four week application period.

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