For 1/3 of the world, living in extreme poverty, the lab often looks like this. Medical brigade teams like this one in Haiti operated by Project MediShare travel to rural areas when roads are passable. They see patients until their supplies run out. Patients wait hours in line to attend outdoor clinics often held under a tree. Only the most minimal diagnostic services are available and patients are often treated on the basis of symptoms alone. It is difficult to determine who should be referred to the city for more advanced care.
Often, no technology in the NICU
Rice Sociology major Kelly O’Connor was able to use the pack to transform the lab capabilities in the mobile rural outreach clinics in Haiti.When Kelly was in Haiti, she found that the electrical centrifuge used to test whether patients are anemic often broke down. This piece of equipment is one of the heaviest and, at $300, is one of the most expensive items in the pack. When Kelly returned to Rice she worked with a team of students to develop a simple alternative which did not require electrical power.
“There were the bili-lights, propped on top of the wooden incubators. I felt honored that the lights I helped make were being used. It was surreal to actually see babies under the bili-lights I made last summer. I thought about it, dreamed about it, but I couldn’t believe I was actually seeing it in a hospital setting rather than in a research lab.” Yiwen’s blogThis is the fire that is lit when students have the chance to work on challenging projects that have the potential to improve health. This summer Yiwen is back in Malawi and will have the wonderful opportunity to work directly with Dr. Molyneux.
Rice U - Technology Commercialization - Open 2011
Technology Commercialization in Developing Countries: a Multidisciplinary Approach <br />
Beyond Traditional Borders<br />Undergraduate program at Rice<br /><ul><li>Students learn the engineering design process and apply it to designing solutions to real-world global health challenges provided by our partners.
Students have the </li></ul> opportunity to apply <br /> for internships that <br /> allow them to travel <br /> to our partners’ sites <br /> to implement the <br /> designs. <br />
Impact of the BTB program<br /><ul><li>28 designs by 359 students have been evaluated or used in the field</li></ul>United States<br />Myanmar<br />These technologies have been used in 21 countries<br />Over 45,000 people have been directly and positively impacted through the use of these technologies<br />Haiti<br />Mexico<br />Dominican Republic<br />Niger<br />India<br />Honduras<br />Guatemala<br />Nicaragua<br />Sierra Leone<br />Kenya<br />Ecuador<br />Rwanda<br />Tanzania<br />Peru<br />Malawi<br />Mozambique<br />Botswana<br />Swaziland<br />Lesotho<br />
“Now we will have “a little hospital when we go to the villages”. <br />
Sustainable Dissemination<br />Opportunity:<br />Have suite of successful global health technologies <br />Generating unsolicited consumer demand<br />Goals:<br />Maximize dissemination in low-resourcecommunities<br />Ensure sustainable dissemination<br />Educate students <br />Highlight Rice’s role in development<br />
Challenge<br />To enable the technologies to reach a large population, widespread sustainable dissemination through a commercial model is required. <br />
Commercializing Health Technologies in the Developing World<br />Course offered as a joint venture by Rice 360° and the Rice University Jones School of Business.<br />Undergraduates and MBA students <br />10 technologies from the BTB program have had business plans developed over the past 3 years. <br /><ul><li>Travel to Rwanda
Learn the challenges of developing a successful business</li></li></ul><li>Commercializing Health Technologies in the Developing World<br />Teams leverage business principles to create new business plans/ sustainable dissemination systems for specific global health technologies. <br />4 teams per course offering <br />4-5 MBA students plus 1 undergraduate engineering student per team <br />NCIIA funded undergraduate participation<br />Course taught 3 times<br />Produce and implement businesses that are economical and self-sustaining to disseminate technologies in the developing world.<br />
Rwanda Experience<br />Key constituent meetings:<br /><ul><li>Ministry of Health, Regulatory agencies, local businessmen, NGO’s, embassy officials, physicians, nurses, pharmacies, procurement officials, observations at hospitals</li></li></ul><li>Rwanda Experience<br />Key questions that teams worked to answer:<br />Who are the customers? How would product get paid for?<br />What are the relevant medical device regulations in Rwanda? What is the process for approval?<br />Who procures medical equipment for government hospitals/clinics? Private hospitals? <br />
Rwanda Experience<br />Key questions that teams worked to answer:<br />What is the perceived value of the device? What is the need in this country? What is a reasonable price point? <br />What are existing medical device distribution channels in Rwanda?<br />What are the challenges with importing products into Rwanda?<br />What is the manufacturing capacity in Rwanda?<br />Who are potential partners in Rwanda? <br />
Immediate Response <br />Each of the technologies had an excellent reception, with physicians, Ministry of Health and other stakeholders interested in having access to them commercially.<br />Teams developed a good understanding of regulatory hurdles, government procurement processes and potential manufacturing within Rwanda.<br />Most technologies would need a bigger market than the one but Rwanda was an excellent test- bed for the teams. <br />
‘On their way to success’ story- CPAP<br />Winner- Social Ventures Award -Rice Business Plan Competition <br />NCIIA e-Team grant<br />Clinical Study in late planning stages<br />
A word from a student<br />Lessons Learned<br />Surprises<br />Educational Value<br />Next Steps<br />
Ongoing Challenges<br />Medical technologies and regulatory challenges<br />Clinical trials costly<br />Moving from low numbers of laboratory built prototypes to scalable manufacturing<br />“Valley of Death” for moving academic innovations is magnified for product that has small market with lower opportunity to capitalize<br />