As co-founder of Texas-based PandemicTech, he has been centered on utilizing expertise to fight infectious ailments for years.
For years, Dr. Andrew Nerlinger has been on the forefront of utilizing expertise to forestall the unfold of infectious ailments.
He is by no means had an even bigger megaphone than now. The co-founder of Austin-based PandemicTech LLC has been busy with information and podcast interviews in current weeks, and his firm is collaborating with the World Well being Group. PandemicTech has additionally created a $100,000 fellowship program to seek out progressive methods to fight infectious ailments.
The corporate on April 27 named its first recipient — Angel Desai, an infectious illness doctor, and researcher utilizing surveillance methodologies to review illness tendencies — and plans to award funds to extra folks all through the subsequent yr.
PandemicTech — which Nerlinger began 4 years in the past together with his spouse, Dr. Lisa McDonald — is a digital incubator, bringing collectively entrepreneurs and massive thinkers to share concepts and methods.
They’re tackling what, for many years, has been the area of governments and enormous nonprofits: world well being safety. However as the present pandemic has proven all too clearly, lots of these establishments had been caught flat-footed by COVID-19.
“This was, sadly, the kind of circumstance that we had been very involved about after we began this system in 2016, what was … being carried out within the world setting to arrange for and reply to pandemic infectious illness outbreaks,” he mentioned.
“For years and years, pandemic outbreaks have been the accountability of governments and main nonprofits just like the Gates Basis, which do an incredible job with what their focus is. However we actually felt thought there was a possibility to usher in the non-public sector to this dialog, and most relevantly take into consideration how we may bridge our expertise with early-stage tech startups and the enterprise capital house, to bridging that hole between what we name the worldwide well being safety neighborhood and the technology-entrepreneurship house.”
That might imply bringing private-sector funding fashions into the pandemic response. PandemicTech works principally within the growing world, serving to develop novel methods to fight ailments similar to Ebola and Zika virus. Now Nerlinger desires to make use of the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to consider infectious ailments in a wider sense.
Along with his work with PandemicTech, Nerlinger is a enterprise associate at Invoice Wooden Ventures, the household workplace of Invoice Wooden, some of the outstanding startup traders on the town — he launched each Austin Ventures and Silverton Companions. So Nerlinger has a front-row seat for a way the coronavirus is disrupting the enterprise capital ecosystem. He mentioned firms reporting funding now possible had their offers finalized weeks in the past and he expects future knowledge to replicate a wider slowdown.
“In fact, it is a powerful time to fundraise proper now. I believe everybody’s taken a bit little bit of a pause,” Nerlinger mentioned.
“However the actuality is funds nonetheless must hold investing, they cannot maintain onto their capital ceaselessly, in order that they nonetheless have to be discovering firms. I believe that each one hope just isn’t misplaced. I believe that this can be a nice alternative and a few firms have truly being doing even higher due to the pandemic and relying if they’ve some sort of answer that is instantly relevant.”
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