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ACCESS is a new venture within EWB UBC that is dedicated to addressing the alarming rates of cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa. We are pursuing this mission through a dual-pronged approach, focusing on both enhancing the quality and reach of cervical cancer education in the communities we serve, and improving accessibility of cervical cancer screening technologies by designing a low-cost, user-friendly Human papillomavirus (HPV) test kit. 

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Leveraging UBC’s engineering expertise, we aim to develop a low-cost, user-friendly self-collection Human papillomavirus (HPV) test for women in sub-Saharan Africa. Our multifocal approach involves stakeholder collaboration, community workshops, and rigorous research to ensure that our solution addresses the sociocultural factors, resource limitations, and technological barriers prevalent in the region.


In addition to our mission of developing engineering solutions to combat cervical cancer, ACCESS Venture is committed to advancing education on cervical cancer within the communities we serve. We recognize that knowledge is a powerful tool in the fight against this disease, and we aim to empower individuals with information that can help them make informed decisions about their health.


We envision a future where cervical cancer is no longer a leading cause of death among women in low- and middle-income countries, such as in sub-Saharan Africa. While recognizing the challenges of navigating medical device regulations, we remain dedicated to advancing research, producing prototypes, and contributing to efforts for enhanced accessibility to cervical cancer prevention and treatment.

Venture Leads

Laura Ing - 3rd Year Biomedical Engineering, Minor in Health and Society

Pearl Dhingra - 2nd Year Biomedical Engineering, Minor in Economics

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Management Team Roster

Design Team Roster

Senior Design Advisor

Robyn Birch (she/her)

Mechanical Design Sub-Team

Co-Lead - Kendall Mooney (she/her)

Member - Grace Harms (she/her)

Member - Maya Ansu-Kyeremeh (she/her)

Member - Matthew Dichupa (he/him)

Biochemical Design Sub-Team

Co-Lead - Bhavya Sabbineni (she/her)

Member - Ellie Smith (she/her)

Member - Joshua Largo (he/him)

Internal Engagement 

Member - Sumbul Iqbal

Member - Simone Ann Abraham

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Finance Manager

Noorpreet Kaur Sekhon (she/her)


Lead - Caleb Evans (he/him)

Member - Yili Liang (she/her)

Member - Taylor Wheatley (she/her)

Fundraising & Awareness

Co-lead - Ilana Guez (she/her)

Co-lead - Kim Tran (she/her)

Member - Victoria Spenceley (she/her)

Member - Eva Schubert (she/her)

Member - Jenny Gao (she/her)

Internal Engagement 

Member - Sumbul Iqbal

Member - Simone Ann Abraham

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