King5: UW Student Wins Coveted Grant to Develop HIV Rapid Test

By LiLi Tan

University of Washington students are developing a test that could improve the lives of people around the world. It’s a credit card-sized HIV test called the OLA Simple.

“Very much looking like a pregnancy test. So there will be lines and you can know the result right away,” Nuttada Panpradist said. The Global WACh Certificate and fourth year bioengineering PhD student recently won a $50,000 APF Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Seeding Innovation: Global Health Faculty Get a Boost from Global Innovation Fund

This year’s Global Innovation Fund awardees represent a number of disciplines across 29 schools, colleges and programs. The funds are managed by the Office of Global Affairs, who had to choose from a record 95 applications. Only 26 applications were awarded funds, and of those, eight involve Global Health faculty.

Awardees were selected through a highly competitive process managed that awards seed grants to projects in two areas: a) innovation in study abroad and b) innovation in global engagement and partnerships.