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Portia M Skin Solutions Pty Ltd

Portia M is an award-winning cosmetic brand that specializes in skin care solutions. Their products are recommended for stretch marks, uneven skin tone, oily, dehydrated, and acne-prone skin. Portia M began with just one product in 2011 and now offer…

Last Modification: 23. July 2024

Bliss Herbals

Bliss Herbals is a dynamic force for transformation and healing. Vida combines her medical knowledge of the human body, holistic healing philosophy, clinical experience in homoeopathy, interest in eco-therapy, passion for grassroots empowerment, spir…

Last Modification: 23. July 2024

Asthma Grid

Accurate medical diagnostics and equipment shortages are major issues in developing countries, especially for asthma management. Misdiagnoses cause significant harm and financial loss. The Asthma Grid, developed under the Southern Africa Resilience I…

Last Modification: 23. July 2024

Senso

The product of Senso addresses a deaf person’s inability to hear critical sounds by converting them into vibrations and color-coded LED lights on a wrist wearable. It uses four sensors, colored blue, green, yellow, and red, to detect sounds and alert…

Last Modification: 22. July 2024

MARTI TB Diagnostics

MARTI TB Diagnostics (Pty) Ltd, a venture of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, is dedicated to revolutionizing global tuberculosis diagnostics. Their mission is to save lives by introducing the MARTI point-of-care diagnostic, which eliminates…

Last Modification: 18. July 2024

Touch Prosthetics

Touch Prosthetics is a pioneering leader in prosthetic hand development in Africa, committed to advancing the field and improving accessibility to prosthetic technology through our flagship project, The Touch Hand. By sponsoring our innovative soluti…

Last Modification: 18. July 2024

reScribe

reScribe specializes in handwriting rehabilitation for stroke patients. Their innovative device, featuring five actuated degrees-of-freedom on the thumb, index, and middle fingers, aids in re-learning coordination by guiding hand movements on a table…

Last Modification: 18. July 2024

SmartSpot Quality

SmartSpot Quality, founded in 2010 as a research program at the University of Witwatersrand, has evolved into a leading South African private company. Specializing in molecular testing controls, SmartSpot meets the stringent quality needs of TB molec…

Last Modification: 12. July 2024

AzarGen Biotechnologies

AzarGen, a biotechnology company in Stellenbosch, South Africa, develops recombinant human surfactant protein-B for respiratory diseases and a plant-made CD20-binding monoclonal antibody for autoimmune diseases using genetic engineering and synthetic…

Last Modification: 12. July 2024

Agreenco

Agreenco provides innovative mine rehabilitation and environmental improvement services, transforming environmental liabilities into assets for the benefit of all stakeholders. We specialize in mine rehabilitation, tailings challenges, dust control,…

Last Modification: 12. July 2024

SteriLux

SteriLux is driven by innovation, sustainability, and ambition. We’ve developed an innovative sterilization system meeting the highest medical standards, combining Swiss quality with innovation to transform healthcare infection control. Inspired by o…

Last Modification: 11. July 2024

Sensars

Sensars is revolutionizing neuromodulation with intra-nerve micro-technology. They’ve developed SENSY, an implantable neurostimulator based on intra-nerve stimulation, uniquely designed to effectively treat chronic foot and hand pain. SENSY boasts a…

Last Modification: 11. July 2024

flowbone SA

flowbone SA provides an injectable “bone-seeding” gel to locally strengthen fragile bones. The gel promotes the body’s own mineral deposition, turning into strong, viable bone without foreign materials or interfering with bone vascularization. This m…

Last Modification: 11. July 2024

AgroSustain

AgroSustain offers a one-stop-shop solution for biological plant protection, aiming to reduce food waste and support organic food production with farm-to-fork solutions like biological fungicides and coatings. They have developed a range of plant-der…

Last Modification: 11. July 2024

IDUN Technologies

IDUN Technologies is a neurotech Start Up and our vision is to create a more connected and empathetic world using in-ear EEGs. Our Guardian brain analytics platform is a Brain-computer Interface that provides real time measurements of neuromarkers, e…

Last Modification: 11. July 2024

Thinkmilk

Thinkmilk is an innovative, low-cost milking process using sensors to bring traceability to the dairy industry. It qualifies milk in real time based on yield, somatic cell count, and antibiotics, detecting diseases during milking to prevent epidemics…

Last Modification: 6. June 2024

Alver Golden Chlorella SA

Alver appeals to all who are committed to responsible consumption. Our diverse product range, from high protein pasta, to protein powders and food supplements, all contain Golden Chlorella microalgae and are free from additives. Our goal is to improv…

Last Modification: 26. April 2024

Hemolytics

Hemolytics help to diagnose Malaria – Malaria Elimination is driven by the urgent need to eradicate the life-threatening disease caused by Plasmodium parasites transmitted through mosquito bites. Effective diagnostics are crucial, enabling the detect…

Last Modification: 26. April 2024

Hi-D Imaging

Hi-D Imaging Cardiovascular Suite is a platform that revolutionizes medical imaging processing to inform pre-procedural planning for the treatment of structural heart diseases. The Imaging Suite combines state-of-the-art technologies such as deep lea…

Last Modification: 25. April 2024

ETrash2Cash

About Us eTrash2Cash (eT2C Company Nigeria) is the first of its kind social enterprise in northern Nigeria, which embodies the use of technology to solve environmental problems in the low-income communities. Its web, mobile app and SMS platform helps…

Last Modification: 19. April 2024

HerHealth Uganda

HerHealth Uganda provide communities with health education and continuous advocacy to empower them to monitor, manage and be more aware of their health conditions through affordable alternatives. They create affordable health care alternatives using…

Last Modification: 19. April 2024

Tyncbest Biotechnology

About Us: Tyncbest Biotechnology is established primarily for the research and product developments of medical devices. At the heart of this company, the product development of devices is accomplished by invention and simplified by innovation. Proble…

Last Modification: 19. April 2024

TyphGen

Why a test for typhoid fever • TyphGen – a rapid test for typhoid fever, 20 million cases of typhoid fever are registered annually. Majority of the cases involve children from low-income countries. • Contributes 36% of all fever-related illnesses in…

Last Modification: 19. April 2024

CosKin

CosKin, a Swiss company, specializes in developing a cutting-edge skin analysis device using multispectral technology, particularly catering to the cosmetics industry. Their mission is to provide skin analysis services tailored to individual skin nee…

Last Modification: 19. April 2024

anavo medical

The innovative approach from anavo medical tackles the persistent challenge of chronic wounds in modern medicine, exacerbated by conditions like diabetes and the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Through collaboration with experts at ETH Zurich…

Last Modification: 18. April 2024

breathe medical

The “breathe” ventilator is a transport ventilator which intuitive design and robustness to harsh environmental conditions enable doctors to use it with confidence in any circumstances. They provide tailored, easy-to-use, and affordable healthcare so…

Last Modification: 18. April 2024

Diaxxo

Diaxxo AG, founded in 2020, is a spin-off of the Functional Materials Laboratory (FML) of ETH Zürich. They envision a future where precise and reliable diagnostics can be accessed anywhere by anyone. They believe that thanks to their Point-Of-Care PC…

Last Modification: 18. April 2024

Ennos

ennos is a Swiss company comprising an interdisciplinary team of experienced engineers and marketing experts, founded in 2016 as a spin-off of Berne University of Applied Sciences. Their commitment lies in developing affordable pumping technologies t…

Last Modification: 12. April 2024

Testmate Health

Testmate Health, an early-stage healthcare startup, is dedicated to providing low-cost, high-quality, and accurate at-home self-testing solutions. Combining expertise in sexual health and diagnostics, the team is committed to realizing our mission of…

Last Modification: 12. April 2024

Gaia Tech AG

Gaia Tech, an emerging ETH Spin-off company resulting from the research project ‘Phenoliva,’ financed by EIT Food and hosted at ETH Zurich, specializes in decentralized treatment and valorization of agricultural side-streams. Leveraging proprietary e…

Last Modification: 12. April 2024

Perovskia Solar AG

PEROVSKIA, a cleantech startup, specializes in customizable perovskite solar cells and has developed digital printing technology to fabricate design-free cells. By enabling solar cells to be tailored around products rather than the other way around,…

Last Modification: 12. April 2024

SmartBreed GmbH

SmartBreed revolutionizes insect breeding with on-site solutions. Dedicated to making insect advantages accessible to all, they provide stackable, fully automatic breeding boxes for cost-effective, resource-efficient, and hygienic insect breeding. Th…

Last Modification: 23. November 2023

MEDICUD

MEDICUD, a company based in Lausanne, pioneers innovation in wound healing with a non-powered vacuum-assisted closure device. The focus is on developing and marketing a cost-effective mechanically powered pump, offering a sustainable alternative to t…

Last Modification: 23. November 2023

Inqaba Biotechnical Industries (Pty) Ltd.

DNA Synthesis and Sequencing African high-tech helps shaping life science, health, food and agriculture in Africa Inqaba Biotechnical Industries (Pty) Ltd. was founded in 2001 by Swiss and German molecular biologists and has its headquarters in Preto…

Last Modification: 19. October 2023

Derma2Go

Problem Research indicates that currently 69% of dermatologists are over 50 years old in Germany (Kis et al., 2017). It can be assumed that in 15 years there will be an undersupply of practicing dermatologists which implies inadequate medical care. T…

Last Modification: 24. May 2023

Internet-based teaching to improve patient & health-care provider interaction in chronic diseases

International education project: Establishment of an internet-based teaching instrument using annotated videos and web-based supervision to improve patient & health-care provider interaction in chronic diseases Wolf Langewitza MD, Christof Daetwy…

Last Modification: 11. September 2020

Inocul8 – Inoculated, Protected, Safe.

Problem In Africa over half a million people including adults and children die from vaccine preventable diseases: such as pneumonia, rota virus, hepatitis B, cervical cancer, typhoid fever, amongst others, due to limited access to vaccination service…

Last Modification: 16. April 2020

HerHealthUganda

We imagine a world where every woman has a means to test for preventable infections instead of suffering long term illness. Our Mission Empowering women around the world to take their health into their own hands and to increase awareness about the ad…

Last Modification: 16. April 2020

DIY Solar Lamps

Problem Currently, 44% of the over 100 million Ethiopian people have access to electricity while 56% of them risk their health by using traditional energy sources. Studies conducted by the World Bank shows that electrification is directly related to…

Last Modification: 16. April 2020

Enable | Digital

Problem Enable has identified a significant problem in a highly underserved market: IT solutions for impact ventures in emerging markets.  In order to access the market, Enable has developed both a set of innovative technologies as well as a solid pr…

Last Modification: 16. April 2020

CosKin-Reveals the nature of your skin

CosKin is a Swiss company developing an ultra-fast skin analysis device, thanks to multi-spectral technology. This technology is active in the field of cosmetics, especially for the treatment of skin. PROBLEM Consumers of cosmetics product are desert…

Last Modification: 16. April 2020

DASH Study (Disease, Activity and Schoolchildren’s Health)

The DASH study, or in full the Disease, Activity and Schoolchildren’s Health in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is a joint research project between the University of Basel, Switzerland, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerla…

Last Modification: 25. October 2018

Information for international PhD Candidates

Doctoral Studies Before you begin the online application, please note the following: Degree programs An overview of the doctoral studies offered by the various faculties can be found in the information sheet: Doctoral studies issued by the specific f…

Last Modification: 12. December 2017

Transdisciplinary systems research to reduce cocoa swollen shoot virus disease in Ghana (TransdisCSSVD)

Ghana is among the world’s top producers of cocoa (The obroma cacao), with livelihoods of 800’000 farm families’ depending on the crop. The Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus Disease (CSSVD) is one of the major factors limiting cocoa productivity, and the onl…

Last Modification: 20. February 2017

Clinical features and differential diagnosis of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea in Mali

Clostridium difficile is an enteric pathogen that may cause a wide range of diarrhoeal diseases. While C. difficile is the main causative agent of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and one of the most important diarrhoeal pathogens in the Western world…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Virological treatment failure in HIV-infected adults in Uganda: Risk factors: poor adherence, resistance patterns & intervention strategies.

From May 1st 2014 to June 30th 2015 we had conducted an observational trial at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Our study focused on the core challenges of ART (Antiretroviral Therapy) in HIV-infected…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Developing joint research proposals in media & communication in various topics, e.g. “effectiveness of farmer communication”

“The Sabbatical of Christoph Spurk is used to develop various research proposals jointly with Kenyan researchers (Prof. Wambui Kiai and Dr. George Nyabuga) and make them ready for submission to donors. The idea is also to establish research cooperati…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Strengthening Research Laboratory Capacity of Clinical Research on Endemic Diseases in Accra, Ghana

Capacity strengthening encompasses both the infrastructure and the related technical capacity building ín order to ensure clinical research to be performed at the University of Ghana Medical School Korlebu teaching Hospital. The need for strengthenin…

Last Modification: 11. December 2016

Strengthening collaboration in the investigation of heterogeneity in malaria dynamics

This project aims to facilitates potential exchange between Swiss TPH and KWTRP on a number of topics in malaria epidemiology and specifically on an ongoing joint PhD project: “A joint PhD project between Swiss TPH and KWTRP has been agreed on the to…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Movement analysis of cervical and lumbar spine

The overall objective of the proposed kick-start exchange visit is establishing a research network between University of Ghana and Zurich University of Applied Sciences but more specifically in the area of neck and low back pain. Both teams (investig…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Rapid identification & detection of antibiotic resistance profiles in blood culture bacterial isolates

We propose here to kick-start a multi-site study analyzing the prevalence, causative pathogens and their antibiotic resistance patterns, outcomes, and cofactors of BSI among febrile patients consecutively presenting to hospitals in Kenya. This study…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Correlating anti-TB drug pharmacokinetics with clinical outcomes in TB/HIV co-infected patients

“SOUTH” is an ongoing study on the evaluation of the pharmacokinetics of anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs and TB treatment outcomes in HIV/TB co-infected Ugandan adults. Worldwide this is one of the largest prospective trial looking into this topic. It h…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in Kampala, Uganda: Complementing Susceptibility Testing With Whole Genome Sequencing

Proposed activities to be funded by this grant: a) Workshop at the Makerere University on bioinformatic and phylogenetic tools (2 weeks). We propose a workshop on the usage of next generation sequencing technologies and population genomics to tackle…

Last Modification: 8. December 2016

SwissTPH Teaching and Training Courses

All departments of the Swiss TPH take part, in Teaching and Training in various forms. As an associated institute of the University of Basel, numerous Swiss TPH staff have teaching obligations at the University. The Institute is involved in the BSc s…

Last Modification: 8. June 2016

Ageing, Agency and Health in Urbanizing Tanzania

Project Management: Brigit Obrist; Obrist van Eeuwijk Persons involved Sandra Staudacher; Andrea Patricia Grolimund; Piet Van Eeuwijk Period Start: 01. Apr 2012 End 31. Jan 2016 Description The project ‘Ageing, Agency and Health in Urbanizing Tanzani…

Last Modification: 8. June 2016