The PandemicTech Newsletter: October 2020

Photography: “A Pandemic of Ignorance”. Location: Mexico City, Mexico. Artist unknown. September 2020.
Street Art: “Wash ya hands” at Barton Springs Saloon, Austin, Texas. Media: Graffiti on tile. September 2020.

Introducing: Senior Advisor Sarah Gerwig

The Baylor Global Health Smart Pod

Introducing: PandemicTech Fellow Fatima Aziz

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

Introducing: PandemicTech Fellow Raphael Garcia

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

Introducing: PandemicTech Fellow Aniegbe Ifenna

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

TEXGHS Virtual Launch

TEXGHS Virtual Launch Event, October 6th, 2020 via Zoom
  • Peter Hotez— Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine
  • Moredreck Chibi— World Health Organization (WHO) Africa Innovation Lead
  • Adriana Cruz — Office of the Governor of the State of Texas
  • Sarah (Michel) Gerwig — TEXGHS and CEO, UpGlobal Consulting — Event moderator
  • Jay Hartzell — President, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Donna Howard — House Member, Texas House of Representatives
  • Clay Johnston— Dean, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Verena Kallhoff— Texas Health CoLab, Dell Medical School — Panel moderator
  • Lisa McDonald— TEXGHS and Director of Healthcare, Austin Technology Incubator

UN General Assembly 2020 — UNAIDS Virtual Event

WHO Strategic Partnership for IHR and Health Security

WHO Health Emergencies Programme Executive Director Michael Ryan addresses participants in the September 2020 WHO-organized virtual event on health security and resilience during the UNGA2020

GHS2022 Conference

In The News

Congratulations to Angel Desai, who was selected to speak during the 2020 Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meetings as a mentor for the GHSA NextGen mentorship program.

The Way Forward

PandemicTech’s has focused on leveraging our virtual incubator model and our growing innovation ecosystem to support innovative solutions to global health security challenges. We increasingly understand the breadth of this challenge; innovation in health security expands far beyond a traditional focus on vaccines, diagnostics, therapeutics, and prevention. COVID-19 has emphasized the need for creativity within every part of a whole-of-society response, particularly for communications, public policy, and ensuring equitable access to resources for both individuals and communities worldwide.


We would like to greatly thank our key sponsors — Bill Wood Ventures (Austin, Texas) and the Laura and John Arnold family (Houston, Texas) — for their ongoing support for PandemicTech. Thank you also to all of our team members and advisors for your support as we continue to build PandemicTech as a vehicle for innovation in the fight against pandemic infectious disease!



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PandemicTech (Austin, Texas, USA) is a virtual technology incubator confronting pandemic infectious disease threats