How did Helen Lee overcome barriers to HIV Diagnostics in the ‘Real World’?

12/07/2016 - 6 minutes

How can diagnostics be improved in resource limited settings? And how can the practical limitations of transporting heat-sensitive assay material through hot climates be overcome?

DIagnostics DRW Samba European Inventor Awards biotechThe University of Cambridge’s Dr Helen Lee won this year’s ‘Popular Choice’ Award, at the European Patent Office (EPO) awards. The winner of this prize category is selected from 15 other nominees by general public online voting in the European Inventor awards, and in fact, 64% of these public votes were cast for Lee.

Her pioneering work in infectious disease diagnostics for resource limited settings and humble attitude towards it has understandably served as a starting-point for many biotech and medical inventors themselves. On top of that, she is strong advocate for women in science, which in biotech is a particular problem.

Helen is currently expanding the platform in the Department of Haematology at Cambridge, where her research within the ‘Diagnostics for the Real World‘ (DRW) team operates.

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