December 4, 2017, Springfield, MA and Johannesburg, South Africa– SystemOne announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. SystemOne will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Development of a Digital HIV Self-Testing Support Platform.”
Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) supports innovative thinkers worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges. SystemOne’s project is one of 51 Grand Challenges Explorations Round 19 grants announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
To receive funding, SystemOne and other Grand Challenges Explorations winners demonstrated a bold idea in one of four critical global heath and development topic areas.
SystemOne will develop a user-friendly, digital platform to support HIV-self-testing (HST) and HIV rapid diagnostic testing programs in general, to address concerns related to quality, test interpretation, management of test results and linkage to care. The digital support platform will consist of a downloadable, mobile application allowing healthcare workers, counselors or self-testers to capture client demographic information, guide the HIV testing process, capture an image of the test result and transmit this data to an online dashboard. This will enable real-time capture and reporting of HIV rapid diagnostic test information and facilitate linkage of patients to care through push SMS notifications. This has never been done for any rapid diagnostic testing program nor proven at scale.
"We're delighted to be working with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose interest in solving the world's greatest disease challenges dovetails with our mission," said Natasha Gous, Medical Science Liaison, SystemOne. "We believe that the next step in solving infectious disease challenges is to knit together the already-strong medical capabilities with patients at their moment of diagnosis. This grant enables us to move further in that direction."
The foundation will be accepting applications for the next GCE round in February 2018.
About Grand Challenges Explorations
Grand Challenges Explorations is a US$100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2008, over 1365 projects in more than 65 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization. The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no preliminary data required. Initial grants of US$100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to US$1 million.
Founded in Massachusetts in 2012, SystemOne focuses on producing solutions for disease surveillance and response. SystemOne has offices in Springfield, MA and Johannesburg, South Africa. The company’s new disease intelligence software, Aspect®, addresses numerous infectious diseases including Zika, Ebola, HIV, Malaria, Hepatitis C and more on a host of diagnostic devices.
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