The Vodafone America Foundation awarded $300,000 for the collaborative development and testing of a smartphone-based cervical cancer diagnostic tool by Mobile OCT, Scripps Health, the International Community Foundation (ICF) and Fronteras Unidas Pro Salud.
Scripps Clinic gynecologist Bruce Kahn, M.D. will lead testing efforts through Scripps in San Diego and Fronteras Unidas Pro Salud in Tijuana. The International Community Foundation will serve as the project’s fiscal sponsor and provide additional technical expertise given the foundation’s previous involvement in a multi-year mobile health clinical study in Tijuana.
“We are deeply privileged to be recognized by Vodafone Americas’ Wireless Innovation Project, and will use this first place prize to bring our low-cost cancer screening technology to the women who need it most,” said Ariel Beery, CEO of MobileOCT. “Thanks to the support of Vodafone, our team is positioned to demonstrate the potential of using mobile health solutions to offer cost effective, life-saving diagnostics to the billions of women around the world without access to good reproductive health services.”
“Through efforts like this one, Scripps is playing a leading role in translating the latest medical technologies into high-quality, cost-effective diagnostic tools and treatments,” Kahn said. “I am privileged to be a part of this outstanding partnership.”