Company History

SureAdhere’s roots date back to 2009, when co-founder Dr. Richard Garfein and his team at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) developed a novel smartphone application and demonstrated proof-of-concept for using asynchronous video directly observed therapy (VDOT) as an alternative to resource-intensive in-person DOT for monitoring medication adherence among patient treated for tuberculosis (TB) through health departments in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico. As a UCSD Pre-Doctoral Fellow prior to SureAdhere’s founding in 2015, Dr. Kelly Collins (SureAdhere CEO) gained hands-on experience supporting TB Control Programs and their patients, translating that unique knowledge into a superb, client-centered product.  VDOT has subsequently been evaluated across the U.S., and in Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. The SureAdhere team is working to make VDOT available to TB care providers worldwide to stem the epidemic of drug resistant TB, prevent TB transmission and save lives. 


"Our mission is to provide health officials, health care providers and researchers globally with a proven, cost effective, and simple yet powerful mobile method of monitoring medication adherence when compliance is crucial."


Key Team Members

KELLY COLLINS, PHD, MPH

President & CEO

Trained at UC San Diego in Global Public Health, Dr. Collins was a key member of the research team who evaluated VDOT around the world. Her career has focused on developing and assessing mHealth interventions among vulnerable populations in the U.S. and Mexico, and she has vast experience implementing VDOT in TB control programs both domestically and abroad.

RICHARD GARFEIN, PHD, MPH

Chief Science Officer, and Co-founder

UC San Diego Professor of Medicine, infectious disease epidemiologist and VDOT pioneer, Dr. Garfein is an internationally recognized expert in the field of tuberculosis epidemiology, diagnostics and treatment adherence. He was trained at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

BILL COYNE

Executive Board Chair, and Co-founder

Business executive and entrepreneur, Bill Coyne is the co-founder of a successful e-commerce company, former CEO of a multi-billion dollar retailer and a practicing attorney. Bill received his JD from the University of Southern California School of Law in Los Angeles.

 

DAN LUIS

Co-founder and Advisor

Tech executive and former CEO of private and publicly traded wireless messaging and mobile video companies. Dan holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

DUSHAN BILBIJA

Engineering Lead

An expert in production systems and corporate enterprise solutions, Dushan Bilbija has more than 15 years of experience in building high availability, networked and cloud-based systems. He has a proven track record of delivering stable and productive suites of integrated systems (home grown and off-the-shelf) across the Enterprise.