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Title of Collaborative Activity:

NIH/BMGF Collaboration - Point of Care Testing Working Group

Description of Collaborative Activity:

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) co-chairs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Working Group on Point of Care (POC) Diagnostics. This group of government and private partners is working to identify and collaborate on projects to develop diagnostic tests for low resource areas. One area of focus is to leverage resources for the development of a rapid POC diagnostic test for viral infections such as HIV or influenza. NIBIB hosted a working group session on March 30, 2017, that focused on patient access to health diagnostics. Ideas from this session were presented at the larger NIH-Gates Foundation meeting on June 30, 2017, hosted by NIH. In March 2020 the Tech Accelerator Challenge for Global Health was launched by NIH and the Gates Foundation. Through this Challenge, NIBIB will offer $1,000,000 in prizes to reward and spur the development of platform concepts and prototypes of non-invasive, multiplexed diagnostic technologies for sickle cell disease, malaria, and anemia, diseases with high global and public health impact. Awards are expected to be announced in August 2020. Other ICOs contributing to the million dollars in awards include NIH Office of the Director; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; and the Fogarty International Center.

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Committee, Advisory Group, or Work Group

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