FoodSwitch app in use

Accelerating Research and Development in NSW

The George Institute for Global Health is pleased to make this submission, Accelerating Research and Development (R&D) in NSW.

Our mission is to improve the health of millions of people worldwide, particularly those living in under-served or low resource settings, by challenging the status quo and using innovative approaches to prevent and treat non-communicable diseases (NCD) and injury. Many of the innovative projects we have developed include:

  • The Affordable Dialysis System - our peritoneal dialysis machine can sterilise water in places where water supply may be contaminated by using solar power, can fit in a small suitcase, and runs on a few dollars a day.
  • Polypill - patients only need to take one pill, once a day, to receive the multiple drugs they need to prevent secondary events.
  • SMARThealth - a low cost, digital platform that supports clinical decision-making and improves the screening, detection and management of chronic disease in adults.
  • FoodSwitch App - designed to help people make healthier choices by empowering users with information, and suggesting healthier alternatives.

In October 2019, The George Institute established Genovate, a social entrepreneurship and innovation program. Genovate is dedicated to creating further healthcare solutions that address unmet health needs in underserved populations. It works with our researchers and partners to fast track product development and guide innovation teams toward commercialisation and market success, so we can improve the lives of millions of people.