PharmaChk” – Bio-Med and Engineering research and innovation product to tackle poor quality medicines
April 1, 2018
PharmaChk: Our efforts to develop new technological solution which was awarded a $2 million “transition-to-scale” grant in 2014 in improving public health. The issue of counterfeit and substandard drugs is pervasive in Pakistan. It affects our public health, leads to drug resistance and causes several financial hardship. Why does this problem, despite local and national efforts, remains stubborn? In this talk, I will explore the origin of the problem, the gaps that exist and what role technology can potentially play in addressing the challenge of fake drugs.
Muhammad Hamid Zaman is Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University. Scientific American has named technologies from the Zaman lab among the top 10 technologies that will change the world. He is also part of the advisory committee for SDG implementation in his native Pakistan where he is working with both public and the private sector. He is working with the UN Economic Commission in Africa to increase awareness of Biomedical Engineering and has served as the co-Chair of the Africa Biomedical Engineering Initiative.