As part of its Discovery Series, Washington’s Technology Alliance recently hosted a breakfast featuring a talk by PATH CEO, Steve Davis, entitled “Innovation in Global Health.”
The talk was largely focused on the successes and ongoing goals of PATH, an international health organization based in Seattle. The organization is working on some remarkable initiatives, including the development of a vaccine for malaria, providing women in developing countries access to contraception and leveraging social media to provide information and impact behavior.
In a recent symposium at AACC in Atlanta entitled “The Convergence of Global Point-of-Care Diagnostic Needs,” some interesting ideas and experiences were presented by a diverse panel of experts. As diagnostic testing is moving closer to the patient in developing countries in order to facilitate treatment decisions during the clinical visit and new settings for POCT at decentralized locations such as retail pharmacies within the developed world are emerging, new opportunities and business models can be identified.
Since 2011, Stratos has been engaged in a major global-health initiative to make Bill Gates' vision to quickly, easily, and affordably diagnose diseases a reality. This program is an unprecedented effort to develop affordable, easy-to-use tools that will enable health care workers in developing countries to precisely diagnose infectious disease at the point-of-care. These new tools are needed to enable each patient to receive the right therapy in a timely fashion.
“As a result of the experimental and theoretical work that went into the PVSD, the device is capable of making a significant impact on the vaccine cold chain in the developing world, allowing vaccines to travel into more remote regions and to be stored for longer periods of time without the need for power."
In a continued focus on advancements in global health, Stratos was pleased to participate in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) "Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development." This call to help health care workers to provide better care and stop the spread of Ebola received over 1,500 submissions.
Stratos is proud to be a part of an unprecedented global effort to deliver timely and effective treatments of illnesses in underserved regions, improve health and save lives. We worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop affordable, easy-to-use diagnostic tools to rapidly diagnose diseases. We also collaborated on the development of Intellectual Ventures’ Passive Vaccine Storage Device, which is designed to keep vaccines at the appropriate temperatures for a month or more with repeated vaccine retrievals and no need for electricity.
It’s exciting to see this report via @BillGates in The Atlantic on good news regarding polio eradication from Nigeria: "Since 2012, when the World Health Organization declared the crippling infectious disease a “global-health emergency,” the West African country (the last center of polio on the continent) has overhauled its strategies for combating the scourge. Now, through rigorous vaccination campaigns, Nigeria is on the verge of eliminating the virus and making Africa polio-free, the CDC reported Thursday."