With mentorship from Hyperledger, IBM & Microsoft I developed Honestblocks, a Blockchain platform to track medication in supply chain to put an end to counterfeit medication.

Counterfeit medicine is a $200 billion industry killing an estimated 1 million people a year. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 30% of medication in some areas of Asia, Latin America and Africa is counterfeit.

My project is built on Hyperledger Fabric, which is an open-source blockchain framework with no single point of failure for the data storage, and the ledger is synchronized all manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, hospitals and authorities. For each patient and medicine, the manufacturer, ID number of a particular drug packet, timestamp, the current holder and location are noted. Each time we add a packet to the registry and Hyperledger generates a unique transaction ID for this event. The drug itself would have a unique RFID which is attached to a hash in the system. As the product moves along in the supply chain, each partner would scan and verify that the QR code still matches the hash in the system.

The costs associated with a project like this would include RFID tags which on average cost 15 cents each and possible implementation of IoT systems to automate scanning and updating of tags on the Blockchain. In terms of implementation, I’ve been in talks with a few clinics in India to pilot my work, individuals from big pharma companies like Novartis and Hyperledger to possibly develop a final product.

What inspired you (or your team)?

I’m a 16-year-old Blockchain and Machine Learning developer & researcher from The Knowledge Society who interned at TD Bank working on Digital ID using Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. I’m passionate about leveraging emerging technologies to solve important in our financial and healthcare system. Aside from Honestblocks, using Google’s Deep & Wide Learning algorithm I’ve developed a P2P Lending model and various CNN, GANs for diagnosing Pneumonia & Malaria with a 90% efficiency rate. I’ve had access to awesome opportunities like speaking at some of the worlds largest conferences like Elevate Tech Fest, Devcon in Japan and I’ll be speaking at Mobile World Congress 2020.

Before embarking on this journey, I used to live in Pakistan and saw the effects that corruption, poor systems and infrastructure had on the mass population. I got very passionate about the developing world and my goal is to innovate in these spaces. As someone who was born in Pakistan and first hand experienced the effect of counterfeit medicine to those close to me, I got very passionate about solving this issue. This past summer, I visited India on a service trip where I got to visit slums, developing and poor areas in the city where I got to see the extreme effects of an issue like this. The support that CES will provide me will bring me one step closer to my ambition!