According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, 1.7 women were diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide in 2012 alone. It is the most common type of cancer and the fifth biggest cause of death in women globally. Men, although much less likely to develop breast cancer, can also be affected by the illness. BreastIT is developing a practical solution to reduce these numbers.

A personal story

Moris Atwine, founder of BreastIT, saw breast cancer have an impact on his family in the most unexpected way: through a male relative. When I ask Moris how the idea for BreastIT first came about, he mentions the loss of his grandfather as the main reason: “If you look at the risk factors for getting breast cancer, family history is key, and the only way we can beat it is through early diagnosis. This was always in my mind because I’m at a huge risk of getting breast cancer. I was looking at how I could stop the spread of breast cancer within our family”.

With this personal drive propelling him forward, Moris, still a young computer scientist at university, partnered up with two equally proactive students to develop BreastIT, an alternative breast cancer diagnostic tool. The core team that got together in Uganda in 2014 remains the same: Atwine as the team leader and developer, Kabwama as the hardware engineer and Mwesigwa as the research and development lead.

“If you look at the risk factors for getting breast cancer, family history is key, and the only way we can beat it is through early diagnosis.”

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From Idea to Concept: The Story of BreastIT

From Idea to Concept: The Story of BreastIT

Many revolutionary ideas are incidental and almost random. But that’s not the case at BreastIT. Because in 2003, founder Moris Atwine had to experience for himself how a close family member succumbed to breast cancer. The loss made him ponder. How can he as a computer science student use his knowledge to effectively fight breast cancer? Together with buddy David – also a computer science student – Moris got to work. Based on their knowledge in research and development, machine learning, image analysis and artificial intelligence, they developed their idea within a few months into a final concept. During the development process, hardware engineer Alwin and ultrasound expert Cosmas joined the team.

In September 2014, the concept of a glove examining the breast using ultrasound was ready. At least on paper. Subsequently, the team worked on a prototype. However, in terms of both hardware and software, the four developers had to overcome many challenges. It was also related to the location. In Uganda, the parts you need are harder to get and delivery times are sometimes extremely long. Even the necessary knowledge to develop an algorithm could teach the guys of BreastIT in their home country nobody. Nevertheless, they kept an eye on their goal and kept following it.

Simple, flexible & cost-effective: A glove detects breast cancer at an early stage

This makes breast cancer screening not only very easy, but also much more flexible and, above all, less expensive than before. This allows more women to be examined regularly, which increases the chance of being able to recognize and treat breast cancer at an early stage. The screening with the glove does not necessarily have to be done by a specialist. Finally, it is sufficient to put the glove on the chest. BreastIT has paid particular attention to this because its goal is to have at least 40 percent of Ugandan women undergo breast cancer screening and information about the disease over the next five years.

F-LANE 2018: The accelerator of the Vodafone Institute invites to the final pitch

At F-LANE 2018, start-ups from all over the world, whose technology ideas and projects help to empower girls and women, were able to compete for the third time. A jury selected five finalists from 180 applicants in February. You can find more information about the finalists and the accelerator here .

On May 2, 2018, the finalist teams of Mamabird, FinMarie, Doctory, Free-D, and BreastIT pitch in the Republica.

BreastIT has taken on an important matter and created an inspiring project that rightly stands in the F-LANE 2018 finale. We wish you continued success!

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Ugandan Innovation, Breast IT wins $20,000 (Shs76 million) in the Pistoia Alliance President’s Startup Challenge 2018

Breast IT, a Ugandan technology innovation that seeks to ease cancer diagnosis has won the Pistoia Alliance President’s Startup Challenge 2018 in Boston. It beat four other innovations and start-ups to the big prize of $20,000( UGX76M)

The Pistoia Alliance President’s Startup Challenge is for informatics and technology-focused startups aiming to impact the way life science R&D is performed. The award seeks to reward startups that help move the biopharmaceutical industry from the traditional ways of operating and help adopt new technologies and ways of working.

The Breast IT technology is made up of both the software, a mobile phone application and the hardware which performs the cancer screening role. The hardware is a custom glove which is hovered the breast to detect cancer. It uses ultrasound waves to send the images to the mobile phone once it detects a lump or a tumour.

Speaking to Guru8 from Boston, Mr Moris Atwiine one of the founders and brain behind Breast IT remarked; “It’s really humbling for us to be recognized by a group of life sciences industry experts at a global level, and with this cash prize, we shall be able to conduct further testing of the product.”

The two winners will receive 6 months of mentorship and support from a leading industry expert from amongst our membership.

The Pistoia Alliance is a group of life sciences industry experts who use pre-competitive collaboration to address issues around aggregating, accessing, and sharing data that are essential to innovation but provide little competitive advantage.

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Cancer Wareness Campaign #WorldCancerDay & #WeCanICan.

Saturday, February 4th is World Cancer Day, when organizations and individuals around the world unite to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority. Every year more than  8 million people die from cancer worldwide.

One of the most visible events marking the occasion in the United States will be in New York, where the Empire State Building will be lit blue and orange for the seventh year in a row. The colors are those of the Union for International Cancer Control, which organizes World Cancer Day.

At thinkIT, we can’t stop to unite to help accelerate progress in the fight against cancer and breast cancer in particular with our project breastIT.

Around the world, communities will hold festivals, walks, seminars, public information campaigns and other events to raise awareness and educate people on how to fight cancer through screening and early detection, through healthy eating and physical activity, by quitting smoking, and by urging public officials to make cancer issues a priority.

As breastIT, we are giving away bands to help increase awareness of breast cancer in Uganda. All you need is to share our original poster with key words #WorldCancerDay & #WeCanICan.

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Matibabu showcases at the CES 2017

Matibabu made it to the finals of the Annual TechCrunch‘s Hardware Battlefield 2017 edition.  The participation in the battlefield gives the team a chance to showcase at the consumer electronics show(CES).

Matibabu Team at the Republica in Berlin Germany.

The team is being represented by Brian Gitta and Josiah Kavuma who will have a chance to showcase all their hard work onstage in front of the expert panel of judges today 11:00AM-Friday. This year, those experts include Noramay Cadena, co-founder and managing director, MakeInLA; Jeff Clavier, managing partner, SoftTech VC; Helen Greiner, founder and CTO, CyPhy Works; Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel; Jen McCabe, director, Foxconn; Greg Revelle, CMO, Best Buy and many more.

CES is an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association, held January at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The event typically hosts presentations of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry.

The team is competing for a chance to win $50,000 and the Metal Man Trophy, which takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Winners will then be announced on Saturday at 4:00 PM



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Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign #EachOneReachOne

Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign #EachOneReachOne

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

While everyone’s journey is unique, knowing that others before you have been through something similar can give you the strength and inspiration you need to keep everything in perspective

Breast cancer Awareness is an effort to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of breast cancer through education on symptoms and treatment.

As part of this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BreastIT  & thinkIT Limited  joins the rest of the world to help raise and increase awareness of breast cancer in women while communicating the benefits of early breast cancer and inform the citizens about the cheap tools to perform breast cancer diagnosis in Uganda.

Statistically, Breast Cancer is second most common cancer in Uganda and the prognosis for most Ugandan patients is poor, most seeking medical attention and presenting late at stage IV of cancer.

Together, Let’s fight cancer.

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Matibabu Team sets off for a three months program at Merck Innovation Center.

Matibabu, one of our flagship startups at ThinkIT Limited are going to be in Germany for the next three months at Merck Innovation Center. On 14th March, the Team pitched at Merck & managed to win the pitch session and a partnership with the Accelerator.
For the three months at Merck, the Team will benefit from experienced mentors, robust training & backing from the leading science & technology company.
Other key benefits include;
*Funding of £ 25,000, a large project area & Customized coaching sessions & Worshops to the team.
We wish the team a happy stay in Gemarny!

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