FIND was founded in 2003 to bridge existing development gaps for essential diagnostics by initiating and coordinating R&D projects in collaboration with the international research community, the public sector, and the in vitro diagnostics industry.
FIND is a not-for-profit foundation, recognized by the Swiss government as an “other international organization”. Its headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland, and has offices in Kampala, Uganda, and New Delhi, India.
Aims and challenges
The sole aim of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics is to address the urgent need for better diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases.
FIND builds and sustains effective partnerships with all those involved in diagnostics – both the public and private sectors. These partnerships and a quality-assured project management framework enable to accelerate products through a well-defined value chain – from discovery and proof of principle, to development, evaluation, WHO endorsement and implementation of new technologies.
FIND also undertakes laboratory strengthening and scale up projects to facilitate the rapid uptake of new tools in disease endemic countries.
All of this is aimed at one thing – a people-centered approach that focuses on diagnostics as a platform to shorten the delay between disease and treatment, halt transmission, and minimize the impact of disease on families. With five new diagnostic tools for TB already in use in endemic countries, FIND is well on its way to achieving its vision of a world where everyone will have access to high quality diagnostic tests.
• Ahimsa Partners will bring support for success program (“S4S”) advising 3rd party companies on aspects of marketing, positioning and distribution of new diagnostic products.