The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA) Diagnostic X Prize

A Conversation With David Roth
By Candace Sindelman, Sag Harbor Press, Sag Harbor, New York

June 29, 2012

The Sag Harbor summer resident, co-chair of the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA), and victim of Lyme disease talks about the “TBDA Diagnostic X Prize,” a global competition to develop a fail-safe diagnostic tool for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

What inspired the TBDA to team up with the X Prize Foundation?

One of the biggest challenges for patients with Lyme disease is lack of a good diagnostic tool. As a result, people don’t get diagnosed as early as they should. We want to eradicate the disease and promote awareness, and through better diagnostic tools make a big dent in relieving human suffering that comes from the disease. We have been working with the X Prize foundation for about a year. They were so successful with their contest to jump start the commercial space industry, taking a small amount of money and leveraging it. They now have a focus in solving other world problems. Speaking to them they recognized how much suffering and confusion has come out of this disease and developed a competition. The winning prize could be $5 million, $7 million, 10 million, I don’t know yet. But it will be a large entrepreneurial opportunity and a way [for the winner] to harness the power of the market. Dozens have already contacted us to participate since they all think they have the greatest test since sliced bread. It’s terrific, it’s great competition.

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3 comments for “The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA) Diagnostic X Prize

  1. July 7, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Thanks for posting the valuable information…..

  2. JasonMChicago
    July 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Wow sounds super cool. Diagnostics are SUPER important.

    Speaking of diagnostics, what bacteria is involved with VIVID DREAMS / NIGHTMARES. My anti-organism supplements have changed over the months. I feel good overall but the vivid dreams / nightmares are not fun.

    Anyone know? Please post… would love to get rid of this! 🙂

  3. JasonMChicago
    July 22, 2012 at 8:55 am

    So I’m in the middle of Whole Foods looking at my cart. Beef liver, almond milk, and some bulk food. I think about “are they all okay” “do I get the most out of the nutrients.” What vitamins/minerals do they provide? I was buying Kale before this because of the high trace minerals. My day has become what I call the ULTIMATE MATH PROBLEM.

    Remember when you were a kid and had those story problems. “one train leaves NYC and another one leaves SF. If the first is traveling 85 mph and the second is traveling 45 mph and stops in Chicago for 1.25 hr break. When will they reach each other and where?”

    Lyme+ is that type of MATH PROBLEM multiplied by infinity! I burst out laughing at Whole Foods. If I wasn’t in it… I would never believe it. It is SO CRAZY a disease… seriously you just can’t make it up. I wonder if all the people from history who were “crazy” or thrown in mental institues were not really Lyme+ victims. Good possibility.

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