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BlueDot studies how infectious diseases disperse worldwide through analysis of big data

2003

SARS spreads from Hong Kong to Toronto, causing an outbreak that cripples the city with 44 deaths and $2 billion in losses

After completing his training as a physician specializing in infectious diseases and public health in New York City, Dr. Kamran Khan returns to Toronto just before the city’s SARS outbreak begins.

2008

BioDiaspora is launched as a scientific research program at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto

To understand how infectious diseases can spread worldwide, Dr. Khan launches BioDiaspora – a scientific research program to study how the world’s population is connected through commercial air travel.

2009

BioDiaspora is used to predict the global wavefront of the H1N1 influenza pandemic

The research infrastructure developed at St. Michael's Hospital is rapidly applied to anticipate the evolution of the first influenza pandemic of the 21st century, with findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

2012

BioDiaspora collaborates with Public Health England in evaluating epidemic risks during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London

BioDiaspora partners with Public Health England to evaluate local risks from global infectious diseases as the world converges in London for the Olympics. This approach is published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.

2013

With support from MaRS Innovation and St. Michael's Hospital, BioDiaspora is founded as a social enterprise

With a vision of using business as a vehicle to address an important social problem, BioDiaspora is incorporated as a Certified B Corporation.

2014

BioDiaspora receives investment from Horizons Ventures, a private investment of Sir Li Ka-shing and rebrands itself as BlueDot

To support growth prospects, BioDiaspora completes a Series A financial investment with Horizons Ventures and renames the company to BlueDot – a metaphor for our small world.

Together we can create a healthier and safer world

At BlueDot we have assembled a highly talented team of experts in geographic information systems, spatial analytics, data visualization, and computer sciences to complement our in-house content expertise in clinical infectious diseases, travel and tropical medicine, and public health



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Students and Interns

Maelle Marchand

Master of Public Health
Epidemiology
University of Toronto

Jacob Jablonski

Bachelor of Computer Science Student
University of Waterloo

Raghav Bassi

Bachelor of Applied Science Student
Interdisciplinary Medical Science
The University of Western Ontario

Jack Forsyth

Bachelor of Environmental Studies Student
Geography and Environmental Management
University of Waterloo

Newton Sun

Bachelor of Computing and Financial Management Student
University of Waterloo

Neal Zhao

Bachelor of Computer Science Student
University of Waterloo

Tara Tsang

Bachelor of Applied Science Student
Management Engineering
University of Waterloo