Project Updates

Oxford conference on Medicine Quality and Public Health

Author: Marya Lieberman

The Medicine Quality and Public Health conference at Oxford University had 200 participants from over 50 countries, including the Directors General of the Tanzanian and Nigerian drug regulatory agencies and academics, NGOs, WHO, and pharmaceutical companies.

Marya Lieberman and Philip Coyne attended and gave several presentations.  …

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Cartoon version of PAD project at MQPH meeting

Author: Marya Lieberman

At the Oxford MQPH conference, Marya Lieberman presented in a session titled Screening Technologies:  Will they Save the Day?  The talk was captured by the sketch artist.  Here we see a summary of how the PAD works and the results of the supply chain exercise that the 20 students in the short course obtained the previous week.  …

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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. …

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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.  …

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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…

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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!  …

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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.

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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.  …

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