Podcast host: Aasmah Mir
Aasmah Mir is an award winning broadcaster and journalist. She currently co-hosts the Breakfast Show on Times Radio and writes a regular column for The Times.
Guest: Dr. Wisam Breegi
Dr. Breegi is founder and chief executive officer of Breegi Scientific. He is a forward thinking inventor, entrepreneur and human rights activist, with over 25 years of management and diverse preclinical and research experience covering a wide range of medical fields.
His career is built on innovation and social justice for the disadvantaged, stemming from his upbringing and education, with a unique perspective of certain medical issues and challenges. Currently, he successfully led the efforts to obtain an EUA for his invention of a negative pressure patient biocontainment device for infectious diseases (COVID-19). He also invented the SteriDome™ and NICI™, a groundbreaking platform technology for high tech low cost infant incubators.
Dr. Breegi firmly believes in the power of win-win partnerships. In his career, he has forged several multi-stakeholder initiatives involving civil society, governments and corporate partners, big and small, global and local. He believes that in the history of humanity, we have never had so much resource, connectivity and power to make a positive difference to the lives of the underprivileged and the marginalized. If channelled properly through credible and collective sincere efforts, these attributes can make a lasting impact in the lives of ordinary people, nations and the global community at large.
He deeply understands the suffering of people, which reflects in the philosophy of Breegi Scientific, as well as his work. This is clearly represented in his involvement in many humanitarian projects outside his medical career that directly touched thousands of people. Working with several government and non-governmental agencies in the United States and UNHCR, he sponsored and settled over 2,500 refugees from the Mandaean ethno-religious minority in Massachusetts, USA.
Dr. Breegi was a National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellow in Gastroenterology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently, he is teaching as adjunct professor of premedical subjects at Endicott College, Boston and as guest speaker at Boston University. He is a regular speaker and panellist in global health medical device conferences.