01 Sep 2015

Startup profile: Project Tide

By Jessica

In the run up to BGV Demo Day on 16th September we’re profiling the 10 startups on our summer accelerator programme. In the second of this series, Cyan Collier, Matthew Ellen and Anant Jani tell us about Project Tide. 

What’s the big problem you’re trying to solve?

The lack of accurate and reliable healthcare diagnostics in resource poor settings.

What’s your solution?

An app that improves accuracy and impact of healthcare diagnostics. The first disease we are tackling is tuberculosis (TB). The TB LAM strip test is inexpensive and can be used at the point of care without the need for laboratory facilities, however because of the interpretive difficulties of the test up to 50% of TB positive patients are misdiagnosed. Our strip reader app will work on any smartphone or tablet device with a camera and will provide a greater accuracy in being able to identify patients who have TB.

What’s your experience with that problem? 

Each team member has a wealth of digital health experience. Cyan is founder of the digital healthcare agency Incuna, whose product – Incuna ePatient – is a framework for building patient adherence apps, and is used by thousands of patients across the world to track their conditions; he has also worked closely with the University of Oxford, to design and build The Global Health Network, the world’s largest online community of clinical trial professionals. Matthew is a cross-disciplinary software developer specialising in digital signal processing, he has previously worked at medical device manufacturer, Oxford Instruments. Anant is a scientist by training and has been working across Europe with healthcare payers and providers for the past four years to help them design and implement high value healthcare systems; he is co-founder of the Value Based Healthcare Programme at the University of Oxford. We are also working in close collaboration with Dr. Stephen Lawn at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who is a global expert on Tuberculosis diagnostics.

How will this impact the lives of millions?

According to the World Health Organization, TB is the second greatest infectious disease killer worldwide and in 2013 it is estimated that 9 million people fell ill with TB and over 1.5 million people died from TB with over 95% of TB deaths occurring in low and middle income countries. If we improve diagnosis rates by just 1% we could save the lives of tens of thousands each year. The impact becomes even bigger once we then start looking at other digital diagnostic tests which can be improved using our technology.

How can people help?
If you are a medical expert working on digital diagnostics using mobile technology we would like to hear from you!

email: cyan@incuna.com / mathew.ellen@googlemail.com / anant.r.jani@gmail.com
website: coming soon

Image credit: PAHO/WHO CC BY-ND 2.0