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A panel of multi-displinary global health experts will discuss context appropriate innovation, product development, and funding focused on low resource settings.

 Export to Your Calendar 6/1/2020
When: Monday June 1, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Online Forum
United States
Contact: Bill Munger

Online registration is available until: 6/1/2020
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Human-Centered Medical Device Design
for Global Health
Innovation for Low Resource Environments
NEXT Mon, June 1 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Registration is COMPLIMENTARY for those undergoing financial hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic
Context is King in developing medical technologies for low resource environments--
these innovators are doing it now.
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • University of Virginia, Biomedical Engineering
  • Design That Matters
  • IQEQU - Health Data, Technology and Policy

Our distinguished panel of multidisciplinary global
health experts will discuss context appropriate
innovation, product development, and funding
focused on low resource settings.
Dr. Rajeev Nagpal will share a physician's perspective on the importance of collaboration between medical and technical professionals for developing innovative solutions for under-served communities globally.  

We are fortunate to have a special presentation from Uganda. Bagayana Sheillah Mutetire is the local manager for FREO2 Foundation, a charity research organization to locally advance research and development of a novel low pressure oxygen system. This system provides uninterrupted supply of oxygen to children.
Context is King for medical device design. Timothy Prestero, CEO of Design That Matters, will present lessons learned about the role of context in the design of medical devices for low-resource settings. He will contrast his work in late February on the development of a newborn warmer for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to an abrupt transition three weeks later to designing a reusable face shield PPE for American hospitals.

Dr. Jane Cover will share findings from an evaluation of PATH’s DMPA-SC Self-Injection Best Practices project in Uganda. PATH applied user-centered design techniques to develop, implement, and rigorously evaluate the first program in Africa to offer of self-injection outside of a research setting. The findings from the evaluation of the Self-Injection Best Practices project are informing the design of self-injection programs currently rolling out across a number of African countries. Subcutaneous DMPA (DMPA-SC or Sayana® Press) is a low-dose, easy-to-use injectable contraceptive that can be administered by lower level health providers and even self-injected by women themselves.

Dr. Jonathan Rosen will discuss the unique challenges of developing sustainable medical technologies for under-served patient populations. Defining clinical requirements, conducting validation studies, and creating viable business models for austere, remote, and low-resource settings will be considered.

Dr. Stephen Gerrard, Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will discuss why funding for medical devices in low resource settings is neglected as compared to other health interventions such as vaccines. He will provide unique insights into what makes a product fundable, how technology should be prioritized for the greatest impact, and aspects that make an organization best suited to develop technology for a low resource setting. Stephen will demystify the global health funding landscape by sharing his experience fundraising as a co-founder of JustMilk and managing a portfolio in his current role for the Gates Foundation.

Forum Fees:
$15 - Member
$25 - Non-Member
Registration is COMPLIMENTARY for those undergoing financial hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic
Who Should Attend:
Medical device professionals, students, and entrepreneurs who are becoming
specialists in medical technologies for low resource environments.
Bios of Our Distinguished Panel 
Rajeev Nagpal, MBBS, MRCPCH, MHID - Moderator and Co-Chair
Pediatric & Neonatal Specialist
Dr. Nagpal has two decades of clinical experience specialized in Pediatric & Neonatal care in India, England and Australia. He is an active volunteer with the Cambridge Innovation Center and is passionate about medical innovation for low resource environments. He is the founder of IQEQU, which is a platform focused on bringing together ideas for the advancement of data in global healthcare. He holds a DNB from All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi, a Master's in Public Health and International Development from Flinders University, and a Masters in Global Health Policy from Hellers school at Brandeis University.
Bagayana Sheillah Mutetire
Mbarara technical lead-LPOS Research at MRRH/FREO2, co-founder, Shishi International
Sheillah holds a biomedical engineering degree from Makerere University. In Uganda, Sheillah is the local manager for FREO2 Foundation, a charity research organization to locally advance research and development of a novel low pressure oxygen system. This system provides uninterrupted supply of oxygen to children. She is also a co-founder of Shishi International, a start-up with vision to local assemble and manufacture medical devices for neonatal and maternal care. This company is supported by USADF and Resilient Africa Network to locally manufacture and assemble oxygen splitters in Uganda.

She has independently consulted with local and international organizations such as Clinton Health Access Initiative on oxygen therapy. She also works as the maintenance engineer for Oxygen plants in Uganda under the 1.8Million US Dollar project managed by silverbacks Pharmacy in partnership with the Ministry of Health. Her passion for improving health in low resource settings using technology is indisputable
Timothy Prestero, SM
CEO, Design that Matters
Timothy Prestero is the CEO of Design that Matters (DtM), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Redmond, Washington. DtM collaborates with international aid agencies and hundreds of superstar volunteers to design breakthrough medical devices for low-resource hospitals in developing countries. As of Jan 2020, DtM's Firefly phototherapy device has reached 28 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe--with new installations in Indonesia and Jamaica. Firefly devices have treated 320,000 newborns. Products that DtM has helped design and launch have treated a total of 750K patients worldwide. In 2012, DtM was named the winner of the National Design Award. Tim holds graduate mechanical engineering degrees from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
Jane Cover, PhD MPH
Research and Evaluation Manager, Sexual and Reproductive Health Program, PATH
Jane Cover has lived extensively in sub Saharan Africa, where much of her research is focused. She is particularly interested in how research evidence can be applied and adapted to scale up new health innovations in the context of real-world settings. As a social scientist in the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program at PATH, she oversees a portfolio of research projects focused on testing the acceptability, feasibility and impact of reproductive health innovations, including new contraceptive technologies (pericoital contraception) and self-care innovations (contraceptive self-injection and PrEP for HIV prevention)
Jonathan Rosen, PhD, MBA
BME Professor of Practice, Dir. Professional Studies, UVA BME Adjunct Professor, Dir. Masters Programs, BU
Dr. Jonathan Rosen is Professor of the Practice in BME at the University of Virginia, and Adjunct Professor in BME at Boston University. As Director at CIMIT, he founded the Global Health Program and continues to develop medical technologies for low-resource settings. Dr. Rosen's corporate career spans more than four decades. He served as CTO for the Surgical Division of J&J, and was part of the founding teams at four biomedical new ventures, and the Institute for Pediatric Innovation. He holds a PhD in Materials Science from CWRU, and an MBA from Columbia University.
Stephen Gerrard, PhD
Program Officer in Family Planning, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Stephen Gerrard is a Program Officer in Family Planning for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is currently managing a portfolio of active investments he established in developing life-science products for global health applications, cutting across market research & technical R&D. Stephen has more than a decade of experience developing, implementing, and funding new technologies to address unmet needs in global health. Stephen's passion for public health and human-centered design is best exemplified by JustMilk, an infant drug delivery device start-up he co-founded. He received his Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Andrea (Marshall) Cahill - Co-Chair
Systems Engineer,
Boston Scientific
Board of Directors,
MDG Boston
Zoe Thorsland - Co-Chair
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