BlueDot protects people around the world from infectious diseases with human and artificial intelligence.

Our Journey

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.

To understand how infectious diseases can spread worldwide, Dr. Khan launches BioDiaspora – a scientific research program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto studying how the world’s population is connected through commercial air travel.

The BioDiaspora program is used to predict the global wavefront of the first influenza pandemic of the 21st century, with findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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

With a vision of using business as a vehicle to address an important social problem, BioDiaspora is incorporated as a Certified B Corporation with support from MaRS Innovation and St. Michael’s Hospital.

To support growth prospects, BioDiaspora completes a seed round with Horizons Ventures, a private investment of Sir Li Ka-shing, and renames the company to BlueDot – a metaphor for our small world.

Ebola spreads throughout West Africa, with over 11,000 deaths. Using risk models that leverage billions of passenger itineraries, BlueDot predicts the migration of Ebola out of West Africa, publishing its results in The Lancet.

Zika lands in and spreads from Brazil, causing up to $18B in economic damages. This outbreak is also linked to a new symptom: microcephaly in newborns of women infected with Zika virus.

Using our risk assessment models, we predict an outbreak of Zika in Florida, six months before it actually occurred.

BlueDot launches George into the Google Play and Apple App Store, empowering travellers and the public with personalized insights about how to protect themselves against dangerous infectious diseases anywhere in the world.

BlueDot launches Insights, delivering timely global surveillance of infectious disease threats around the world for healthcare organizations and businesses. Insights provides actionable intelligence for healthcare workers and employees on the front lines.

Press

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Article
Year
VectorAI
BlueDot is named a top 20 AI company to watch by Vector Institute
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BlueDot and Clarivate partner to strengthen the resilience of organizations, through heightened disease intelligence
Nov 2022
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BlueDot announces new leadership as it prepares for rapid growth in 2023
Oct 2022
cision
BlueDot and ParticleOne help businesses and governments better protect people and mitigate disruption
March 2022
BlueDot, Inc. and Huron Join Forces to Strengthen an Organization’s Response to Epidemics
Nov 2021
Mapping the Pandemic (Mid-Atlantic Emmy Winner!)
July 2021
15 Companies That Are Saving The World From Covid-19
Jun 2020
Artificial Intelligence and Life After Lockdown
Jun 2020
How Artificial Intelligence is Tracking COVID's Spread
May 2020
The Computer Algorithm That was Among the First to Detect the Coronavirus Outbreak
Apr 2020
How AI Spotted and Tracked the Coronavirus Outbreak
Feb 2020
An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus
Jan 2020
How this Toronto company is using big data to fight diseases
Aug 2019
[VIDEO] Toronto doctor develops algorithm to track infectious diseases and predict outbreaks
Apr 2019
How can big data help manage infectious diseases?
Apr 2019
Join BlueDot in confronting global outbreaks with big data
Jun 2018
From chaos to coherence: Managing pandemics with data
Feb 2018
How a Toronto company used big data to predict the spread of Zika
Feb 2016
Are we ready for the next pandemic?
Sep 2015
Only three Ebola-infected travellers per month are likely to fly from West Africa
Oct 2014
In New Tools to Combat Epidemics, the Key Is Context
Jun 2013
Reduce your risk of seeing the next infectious disease outbreak.

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