Xcode receives $30,000 grant to enhance TB medication adherence

On November 7, 2013, Xcode Life Sciences, a Chennai-based biotechnology start-up, announced that it had received $30,000 grant from 'The Grand Challenges in Tuberculosis Control' (GC-TBC) program to deliver mobile innovation to enhance TB medication


Mr Saleem Mohammed, CEO and co-founder, Xcode Life Sciences

The GC-TBC program is an initiative by IKP Knowledge Park (IKP), Hyderabad, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to identify, fund, and nurture technology driven solutions that will assist TB control.

Commenting on Xcode's innovative solution, Mr Vikraman Venu Saranyan, VP, IKP Knowledge Park, said, "IKP is currently funding 15 innovations to help address the problem of TB Treatment adherence. Most solutions use mobile media platforms, but the solution from XCode is unique in that, it uses TB survivors to educate patients and instill the importance of following the treatment regimen."

He further said, "Their partnership with VHS and reach in the field makes them an ideal candidate. If they are successful in developing a prototype, IKP will provide an additional US $100,000 to further refine and deploy their solution to address this unmet need."

The innovation highlights include: Mobile education system connecting TB patients with community peer educators and caregivers; Combining specialized information on nutrition and medication for TB patients; and providing timely reminders for patients to enhance medication adherence.


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