Samy Awwad is a 17-year-old pre-medical student at Stanford University based in California, United States. At 15 years old, Samy became the sole founder and CEO of a pandemic preparedness organization called ImmuniGlobal, through which he was able to predict the devastation of the next pandemic. Through ImmuniGlobal, Samy has worked on a plethora of diverse projects, including a thorough GIS data analysis of California counties at risk of infection, influenza hands-on school workshops, and a 2-year partnership with a CDC-backed nonprofit organization.
Outside of infectious disease control, Samy is experienced in immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and cell culture as a cancer researcher. He has worked on 2 publications, one of which was honored in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search, America's oldest and most prestigious science research competition for high schoolers.
At Stanford, Samy hopes to continue his intense passion for entrepreneurship for social good. In July 2020, he competed in a Hackathon where he co-founded a social justice organization, adding to his list of 3 startups he's founded in the past few years.
He's incredibly grateful and humbled by the work of ViVI and looks forward to collaborating with everyone!