Quest for Innovations towards Eliminating Tuberculosis
(TB Quest)

Can your innovation help fast-track TB elimination efforts in India?

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Quest for Innovations towards Eliminating Tuberculosis (TB Quest) is an ambitious nationwide search for innovators working towards solutions to eliminate TB and aims to support and catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship to solve key challenges in combating TB in India. The Quest is envisioned as a means to fast-track adoption and scale-up of innovative platforms or practices, which have received prior validation. These innovations will have strong potential to strengthen and transform key aspects of the TB care ecosystem in a nonlinear and disruptive manner.

The Quest invites product and process innovations focussed on bringing transformative and non-linear change in the following areas:

  • Bringing the ‘missing’ TB patients within the purview of care including notification, through innovations to find new cases and ensure care continuum
  • Screening and appropriate management for Latent TB Infection (LTBI) among all identified high risk population groups in India
  • Airborne infection control in settings such as health care facilities, crowded habitations, congregate settings including workplaces where transmission is high
  • Addressing gaps in the supply chain of Anti TB drugs and consumables in public and private sector through innovative models and technologies
  1. Innovations that combine affordability with high quality related to the focus areas mentioned above
  2. Innovations should have crossed either of the following stages, whichever applicable:
    i. TRL-5 or beyond (where TRL defines the Technology Readiness Level and TRL-5 describes that the Technology has been put together and can be tested in a simulated environment)
    ii. PRL- 4 and beyond (where PRL defined Process Readiness Level and PRL 4 describes that the Process has undergone formative research and has been initiated in experimental setting i.e in a few project villages or in a healthcare facility setting, but not applied outside the special project setting
  1. Milestone based funding for supporting clinical validation, clinical investigation, Beta Prototyping, Clinical Trials, Feasibility Studies, Confirmatory Testing and Pilot Introduction
  2. Collective Engagement with Top Global Stakeholders of TB and access to the global ecosystem working towards TB elimination
  3. Direct Program Engagement with RNTCP with clear focus on seamless integration with National Strategic Plan for elimination of TB by 2025
  4. Hands on mentoring through a handpicked committee of experts for navigating regulatory landscape and understanding national market dynamics s
  5. Opportunity to receive support from India Health Fund’s partners in raising subsequent rounds of funding (subject to due diligence)