Science Highlight: A new RADx® Tech fellowship helps underrepresented innovators advance their technology - POCTRN
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A new RADx® Tech fellowship helps underrepresented innovators advance their technology
Bringing new medical technologies to the marketplace is a long expensive process that requires a variety of skills and resources. It can be even more challenging for women and other underrepresented entrepreneurs in biotechnology. Women entrepreneurs, in general, often face barriers to funding, are excluded from traditional networking opportunities, and/or have their competencies disregarded or abilities underestimated.1
Recognizing there was a lack of biotechnology innovators from underrepresented groups and building on its history of working with leaders in the biotechnology industry, NIBIB created the RADx® Tech DIVE (short for diversity) fellowship program to increase diversity.
RADx: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx®) initiative was formed to accelerate the development, validation, and commercialization of innovative point-of-care and home-based tests, as well as improvements to clinical laboratory tests, that can directly detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.