This year's Competition will focus on global health and equity.
The innovations proposed should be marketable, scalable and rooted in scientific rigor. Innovations may address, but are not limited to:
Note of Appreciation
Many thanks to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) for their celebration of Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, FASTMH, FAAP, and support of our mission. Many thanks to Roche for their funding. A special thank you to Dr. Hotez, an ASTMH Past President and recipient of the 2019 RMHC Awards of Excellence, for sharing his grant award with the Society.
2nd Annual Innovations Pitch Competition
2019: Innovations for Response to Outbreak-Prone Diseases: A Challenge to Innovators to Pitch their Ideas for Reducing Risk, Improving Prediction and Delivering Better Healthcare Tools in Resource-Limited Settings. Innovative ideas for mitigating outbreak-prone disease risk through novel uses of social communication, improved predictive capabilities, or development of better tools to detect disease, control disease, and disseminate information on disease spread.
Grand prize winner: Minmin Yen, PhagePro
Prophalytic-Vc: A Phage-based Intervention to Disrupt Household Transmission of Cholera
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2nd Place: Chang Hee Kim, GoDx: Rapid, Low-cost Field Diagnostic for Pathogens that Cause Diarrhea Outbreaks
3rd - 5th Place (listed alphabetically)
- Laura Braun, Capta Diagnostics: Smart Microscopy for Diagnosing Soil-transmitted Helminths and Schistosomiasis
- Holiday Goodreau, TickTracker: TickTracker Mobile Application
- Chouaibou Mouhamadou, Environment Entomology Textile Associates: A Trapping Bed Net (T-Net) to Overcome Mosquito Insecticide Resistance
ASTMH September 2020 Newsletter article: Catching Up With 2019 Innovations Pitch Winner, Minmin Yen, PhD
Thank you to the 2019 Innovations Pitch Competition educational supporter, Roche Diagnostics, Inc., and our sponsors ASTMH and Vulcan, Inc.
First Annual Innovations Pitch Competition
2018: Innovations for Mitigation Response to Outbreak-Prone Diseases: A Challenge to Innovations for Reducing Risk, Improving Prediction and Delivering Better Healthcare Tools.
Topics for innovation include mitigating risk through social communication, improving predictive capabilities, delivering better tools (surveillance, diagnostics, data-sharing, vector control, as examples), and other novel innovations to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks of international concern.
Grand prize winner:
Tristan Ford and Margaret Glancey, VectorWEB
A Novel System for Autonomous Vector Surveillance
Camila De Oliveira, FIOCRUZ: Rapid strip test for ID and surveillance of cutaneous leishmaniasis risk areas
- Rinki Deb, Determining Indoor Residual Spraying Quality using Electromagnetic Wave Sensors
- David Serre, A Universal and high-throughput vector-borne disease surveillance assay
- Rhys O'Neill and David Cyprian, Novetta: Assessments, Boots on the Ground, Communications, Data...: An A-Z Solution for Social Mobilization in Developing Regions