NSF awards funding for studying supply chains for illicit pharmaceuticals

Author: Marya Lieberman

The National Science Foundation has awarded our team an exploratory grant to use PADs to detect and dismantle supply chains for bad quality pharmaceuticals.  We will work with Professor Karen Smilowitz at Northwestern,  who studies logistics and management of health care systems, and with three international partners.  Dr. Mercy Maina is a pharmacist at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya who has a long standing interest in pharmaceutical supply chains, pharmacovigilence, and quality management;  Dr. Wasif Ali Khan is a research scientist at the Institute for the study of Diarrheal Diseases, Bangladesh, which has research centers in rural Bangladesh where the bulk of the population lives, and Mr. Ibrahim Chikowe is an instructor in the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. …

Read More

Blockchain Working Group awards grant to PAD project

Author: Marya Lieberman

Our proposal titled "The whole world is watching:  tracking bad quality medicine with citizen science and an electronic ledger" was funded by the Notre Dame Blockchain Working Group for 2018!  Computer scientists James and Chris Sweet will work with the PAD project to institute a distributed electronic ledger that can track test results for particular products.  We look forward to using this new methodology for determining the reliability of different actors in the pharmaceutical supply chain.  …

Read More

PAD patent licensed to Veripad LLC

Author: Marya Lieberman

Notre Dame has licensed the PAD technology to Veripad, LLC.  This startup company has developed a cell-phone based PAD reader that automatically analyzes the PAD image for the user.  Watch for more developments!  

Veripad GrabVeripad's mobile application reads the result from the PAD test…

Read More

PADs on PBS Newshour

Author: Marya Lieberman

PBS Newshour for Dec. 14 included an 8 min segment on falsified and substandard medicines in Kenya.  Mercy Maina  (Pharmacist at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital) appears on this segment to demo some PADs and discuss the public health problems caused by falsified antibiotics.  Congrats on the coverage!  …

Read More

Saving Lives at Birth

Author: Marya Lieberman

We're excited to be named as a finalist for the Round 7 Saving Lives at Birth seed award.  Our innovation wll help birth attendants to treat bleeding after childbirth with high quality medicines that can save lives.

Read More

Veripad selected for 2017 Mass Challenge Accelerator program

Author: Marya Lieberman

PAD commercialization takes another step towards reality.   Veripad joins 127 other startup companies in this prestigious startup accelerator's 2017 class.  Over 5,000 applications were evaluated.  In addition to support and mentoring, the team will have access to a premium makerspace and research lab that will be a great starting point for manufacturing prototyping and lane chemistry development.  …

Read More

Margaret Berta explains how data sharing helps with analysis of medicines from the developing world

Author: Marya Lieberman

Hesburgh Libraries and the Center for Research Computing convened a workshop May 1 and 2, 2017, to discuss how libraries can faciliate preservation and sharing of data.  These tasks are more and more important for researchers in the digital age.  Margaret Berta gave a nice example of how her research uses Open Science Framework to enable students at 18 different institutions to collaborate on pharmaceutical analysis problems.  The electronic site is used to distribute shared experimental protocols, upload electronic lab notebooks, review results and calculations in a secure and private manner, and archive data and workflows for publication.    …

Read More

Sarah Bliese wins 4 year Naughton Fellowship

Author: Marya Lieberman

Chemistry graduate student Sarah Bliese plans to make a difference in the health of people all over the world through her 2017 Naughton Graduate Fellowship.  Air pollutants cause thousands of deaths each year.  However, in much of the developing world, technological infrastructure for collecting even basic measurements about air quality is absent, so regulators have little to act upon. Only 10 of the 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have even a single air quality monitoring station reporting to WHO today.  Sarah will develop and test a new type of sensor network. The network uses small numbers of  sensor pods to calibrate hundreds of inexpensive paper test cards that can be deployed by citizen scientists--even by high school students.  

Read More

Troy HS demos PADs

Author: Marya Lieberman

Quinn Favret and Arnav Ramu at Troy HS in Michigan worked on a project to solve the problem of counterfeit drugs and came across the PAD project.  We sent them some samples to show in their presentation.  Good luck to these young problem solvers!  …

Read More

PADs in Bangladesh?

Author: Marya Lieberman

The national quality control lab for pharmaceuticals in Bangladesh is a busy site; the photo shows dissolution testing in progress.  Prof. Lieberman visited in mid-March to discuss use of PADs as a component of risk-based quality screening.  Although the lab in Dhaka is fully modern and another lab in Chittagong is also set up for pharmacopeia assays, there are many inspectors who work in areas which are not as well equiped.  For these inspectors, PADs could help in determining which samples are most important for full lab analysis.  …

Read More

New blog to watch

Author: Marya Lieberman

Ght Blog Logo

This blog  focuses on new technologies with potential to impact global heath.  The PAD project is highlighted in the 14 Nov. 2016 posting.

 …

Read More

Nick's fast pitch on iodine nutrition brings him $1,000

Author: Marya Lieberman

Nicholas Myers pitched the saltPAD at the Micronutrient Forum in Cancun Mexico, explaining how this simple paper device could help program managers monitor iodine nutrition.  He won second prize, out of a field of 70 entrants from 18 countries.  The pitch was repeated in 1 minute format at the gala dinner attended by all 700 conference attendees. Kudos to Nick!  …

Read More

Jamie Luther wins poster prize at MUACC

Author: Marya Lieberman

Jamie Luther presented a poster at the October 12 MUACC meeting at the University of Illinios Urbana-Champaign and received a poster prize from the assembled analytical chemists.  The poster described the "milkPAD" she is developing to detect adulteration of dairy milk, a bit of unsavory product manipulation that was quite familiar to Henry Thoreau.  …

Read More

Trouble in Chinese regulatory system

Author: Marya Lieberman

Derek Lowe's blog "In the Pipeline" reports on a story about massive problems in regulatory oversight of drug approval in China.  

A report in the Chinese newspaper Economic Information Daily says that the Chinese SFDA (State Food and Drug Administration) has been conducting a review of Chinese clinical trial practices, and after reviewing 1,622 trials has found that most of them are seriously flawed. And by “seriously flawed”, they mean “largely faked”. 

Read More