About the Project
With his invention “Life Sense”, a remote monitoring system capable of warning of cardiac failure, Ziad Sankari – originally from Lebanon – took second place in Stars of Science Season 3 in 2011. His device looks after cardiac patients as they go about their daily lives by combining cardio monitoring with the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM). Data gathered from patients is analyzed by a specialized program that alerts medical professionals when patients are at risk of cardiac failure.
Beyond Stars of Science
Since he appeared on Stars of Science, Ziad’s innovation journey has taken him around the region, the world and even the halls of the White House.
After taking second place in Stars of Science Season 3, Ziad received a grant through the Technology Innovation Entrepreneurship Program of Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) to further develop his prototype and work toward commercializing his device. Building on his success in Stars of Science and the award from QSTP, Ziad launched “CardioDiagnostics.”
Though entrepreneurs often find it difficult to acquire funding, Ziad raised half a million dollars for “Life Sense,” after demonstrating the device to a cardiologist. This contribution enabled him to initiate manufacturing of “LifeSense” in the United States, bringing the product to market. Key to such rapid progress was a strategic partnership with other companies, whose hardware was combined with Ziad’s pioneering technology.
Working with an international network of distributors, Ziad has equipped organizations across the US and a number of leading hospitals in Lebanon and the Middle East with “LifeSense.” Ziad has also succeeded in signing agreements with distributors in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, enabling him to expand operations further.
During a pilot launch in the US, Ziad’s technology helped save a number of lives, and diagnose hundreds of patients. Ziad’s efforts in improving diagnostics by making his device available throughout the United States did not go unnoticed. In May this year, Ziad and the “CardioDiagnostics” team visited the White House, having been invited to meet with President Obama, given their contributions to improving healthcare through entrepreneurship. “Meeting both President Obama and Vice President Biden, enabled me to discuss the role of innovation and technology in building peace worldwide,” said Ziad. “This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity really came as a surprise; we never expected that the US President knew of our work.”
“Stars of Science was a true turning point. Not only did It enable me to turn my idea into reality, but increased my exposure substantially. Stars of Science has demonstrated that hard work and determination can be the basis for creating disruptive technologies, regardless of where in the world you are. This program was a unique opportunity to work with outstanding men and women from across the region, whom I would have never met otherwise. Being part of Stars of Science was a privilege, and an experience that changed my life for the better.”
“I encourage young innovators throughout the Arab World to pursue their dreams, no matter where they are, or in which circumstances they may find themselves. With hard work, motivation, and energy anyone anywhere can achieve the kind of things he would have never expected to turn into reality.”
Watch Ziad be congratulated by President Obama at the White House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHKWNsvE_uE
Read a Wamda article about CardioDiagnostics: http://www.wamda.com/2014/11/innovation-fills-prescription-6-tips-building-wearable-cardiodiagnostics