Luis Ochoa Carrera, Andrew Nerlinger, and Lisa McDonald in Austin, Texas; June 2021

After a narrow window of optimism in the U.S. — and a welcomed but too brief chance to see our family and friends in person — the Delta variant seems to have taken us back in time to February 2021 or July 2020. As our team is spread throughout the world and dealing with separate waves and completely different scenarios, we hope you are all staying safe and healthy…

Virtually the entire PandemicTech community is involved in some way with the ongoing response to COVID-19, and this work has been recognized in many ways in through awards, new positions, and…


Ifeanyi Nsofor, CEO of EpiAFRIC and Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch, has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship

Nigerian physician and public health expert Ifeanyi Nsofor has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship to support his efforts to promote healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa, including organizing the September 2021 Health Meets Tech Pan-African Hackathon in Abuja, Nigeria.

A public health physician from Nigeria, Dr. Nsofor is Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch and leads the organisations’ advocacy interventions. He is a leading advocate for universal health coverage in Nigeria. He serves as CEO of EpiAFRIC, a public health consultancy based in Abuja. Ifeanyi received his medical degree from Nnamdi Azikiwe University School of Medicine.


Aniegbe Joel Ifenna, a medical student at the University of Nigeria Nsukka and PandemicTech Innovation Fellow 2020.

Aniegbe Joel Ifenna, a medical student at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship to support his work creating the Lion Science Park Health Hub at the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Launched in October 2020, the Lion Health Hub is an initiative aimed at stimulating and facilitating students to develop and implement innovative solutions to community health challenges. As part of this fellowship award, PandemicTech provided support for the Lion Health Hub’s kickoff event, a healthcare hackathon focused on COVID-19 response, mental health, and reproductive health.

Aniegbe is a passionate entrepreneur with experience launching industry-first…


Argentinian biorisk management and biosecurity expert Mayra Ameneiros has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship

Argentinian biorisk management and biosecurity expert Mayra Belén Ameneiros has been awarded a PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship for her efforts to support PandemicTech’s collaboration with Cairo University to build biosafety and biosecurity training capacity in Egypt. Mayra will work directly with PandemicTech senior advisor Luis Ochoa Carrera on implementing PandemicTech-sponsored projects in Egypt that address this critical need through cross border collaboration with Egyptian biosafety professionals, organizations, and thought leaders.

Miss Ameneiros is a member of the Biosafety Committee and the Biorisk Management Committee at the Argentine Normalization and Certification Institute (IRAM) and is a member of the Biosafety and Biosecurity…


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…

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