BlueDot

BlueDot

BlueDot is a Toronto-based AI company that tracks, contextualizes and anticipates infectious disease risks. Their products aim to help governments, hospitals and businesses protect employees and customers.

BlueDot is a Toronto-based AI company that tracks, contextualizes and anticipates infectious disease risks. Their products aim to help governments, hospitals and businesses protect employees and customers.

Using AI, BlueDot searches more than 100,000 articles per day in 65 languages to find news about more than 150 diseases. The company conducts surveillance in official sources reported by government agencies, public health and healthcare community, online forums and world media. Experts at BlueDot also sift through information and review findings. When a potential threat is found, it is connected to world air travel data to predict and map places where the outbreak might spread. BlueDot’s system identified an article in Chinese on Dec. 31, 2019, about “pneumonia of unknown cause” that turned out to be the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV outbreak. The coronavirus strain has more recently been renamed SARS-CoV-2 with the disease called COVID-19 (coronavirus disease). BlueDot issued an alert to its clients almost one week before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization issued their public alerts. The company published their analysis of the likely destinations for spread of 2019-nCoV (SARS-CoV-2) in the Journal of Travel Medicine.

Timeline

January 14, 2020

Pneumonia of Unknown Etiology in Wuhan, China: Potential for International Spread Via Commercial Air Travel

August 7, 2019

BlueDot announces second Series A round worth $9.2 million CAD.

2013

BlueDot was founded.

People

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Kamran Khan

Founder, CEO

Saira Gangji

Employee

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Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Outbreak Science: Using artificial intelligence to track the coronavirus pandemic - 60 Minutes

April 26, 2020

Companies

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News

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AlleyWatch
July 4, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
FinSMEs
July 1, 2020
FinSMEs
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Anthony Ha
July 1, 2020
TechCrunch
Bluedot, a geofencing and location data startup used by companies like Dunkin', KFC and McDonald's, is announcing that it has raised $9.1 million in Series B funding. The San Francisco-headquartered company claims that its technology its 20 times more accurate than competing solutions -- something that CEO Emil Davityan attributed to its roots in the [...]
Isabelle Kirkwood
August 7, 2019
BetaKit
Toronto-based healthtech startup, BlueDot, has raised a $9.2 million CAD ($7 million USD) Series A.

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