An Egyptian scientific team received an award of $10,000 for their innovation in detecting Hepatitis C. at the yearly Intel Global Challenge. The entrepreneurs named NanoDiagX developed a test of the virus by using gold nanoparticles that can detect the disease in less than an hour saving a huge tenth of the usual costs.
Dr. Hassan M.E. Azzazy is the coordinator of the team which includes Sherif Mohamed Shawky, Ahmed H. Tolba, Tamer M. Samir and Mai M.H. Mansour. This is the seventh Technology Business Plan Competition for the Arab states that is organized by partners of Intel Corporation, the Arab Science Technology Foundation, and also in collaboration with UNIDO, United Nations for Industrial Development.
Over 200 million people all over the world are infected by the virus, so it is a great honor for the team to achieve this and be recognized.
It is critical to determine the virus as early as possible to reduce transmissions, and at the moment there are two tests required. NonoDiagX has future plans to use this amazing new technology to help towards tuberculosis and some bio markers of cancer.
The president of the Intel Foundation stated that through these programs she is amazed at how these dedicated entrepreneurs will make such a positive impact into communities, the economy and individuals.
The Intel Global Challenge was developed to encourage students to take part with their innovative ideas, and receive the rewards to continue in there research and development that will effect the society.
This year 22 countries took part including Yemen, Russia, Turkey,Poland, Portugal, Israel, Denmark, Lebanon, Jordan, China and of course Egypt. China came first with an image sharing service, that can transform photo’s into products or art. Russia came second with an innovative inexpensive DNA testing system that can identify thousands of infectious diseases, genetic problems and conditions that are hereditary thanks to its portable ability.
The entrepreneurs were asked to present their ideas in various fields of disaster management, health care, energy conservation and technology. Some of the plans included advanced detection and protection of fire, a packaging system that contained coconut and ultraviolet radiation detection. This a brilliant way to try and solve some of our worlds challenges.
The total in cash awards from The Intel Foundation was $100,000!