The majority of the world's population lives under unacceptable healthcare conditions. Though hardly known in the developed world, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) afflict 1 in 6 people, or approximately 1.4 billion individuals. NTDs are severely debilitating, lower cognitive function in children, and hamper economic development. Despite their prevalence, NTDs remain largely overlooked by the pharmaceutical industry due to the perceived lack of profitability.
Drugs & Diagnostics for Tropical Diseases (DDTD) is a non-profit 501c3 research organization created "to discover new treatments and diagnostics for tropical diseases". Our efforts involve diseases that are classified as NTDs as well as those more commonly known such as malaria and Dengue fever.
The Goal and the Challenge
Contrary to other medical innovations, our goal is to integrate the latest scientific advances into ultra-low cost devices or treatments to be priced at around $1. We draw our inspiration from edge biology, chemistry, nanoengineering, and wireless technologies,
Health Specialist Kenny Goldberg of KBPS, San Diego 's main news station, reports on our efforts. See above the TV segment aired by KBPS on June 19, 2015 or click here to be redirected to KPBS accompanying article.