Success Story

Technology Transfer Partnerships: Bio.Diaspora (MaRS Innovation)

10/18/2012

Tracking global outbreaks in real-time


The Bio.Diaspora system accurately replicated the H1N1 virus’s spread and assisted public health officials as they prepared for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
Air travel has created such an interconnected world that infectious diseases can rapidly spread with profound health and economic consequences. To help track the spread of deadly diseases, Dr. Kamran Khan has created an easy-to-use, customizable, web-based application that forecasts the impact of infectious diseases worldwide by integrating global information on outbreaks, insect, animal and human populations, climate conditions and commercial air travel.

Known as Bio.Diaspora, Khan’s system accurately replicated the H1N1 virus’s spread and assisted public health officials as they prepared for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. MaRS Innovation is working with Khan to translate this technology to the marketplace.

Return on Innovation

  • Khan and a part-time person are working actively to commercialize Bio.Diaspora, with support from a 10-person academic research team at St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Khan plans to hire two software developers in the near future

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