Two University of Toronto alumni have created a web portal to connect COVID-19 researchers with potential research study participants. Since launching in March, there have been more than 770 COVID-19 studies posted on the portal from around the …

Two University of Toronto alumni have created a web portal to connect COVID-19 researchers with potential research study participants. 

Since launching in March, there have been more than 770 COVID-19 studies posted on the portal from around the world.  

Catherine Chan, co-founder and CEO of Honeybee Hub, the U of T startup behind the portal, says COVID-19 researchers are looking for a range of study participants, including healthy individuals.

“We’re in the recruitment space for research studies and there’s so many research studies that are emerging,” says Chan, who graduated in 2018 with a master’s degree from the department of nutritional sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. 

“We saw this huge gap where researchers are struggling to find participants and we wanted to make a publicly accessible portal with consolidated information on COVID-19 studies.”  

Chan and Weiwei Li, the company’s co-founder and chief technology officer, launched Honeybee Hub two years ago and are working with U of T’s Health Innovation Hub (H2i), one of several entrepreneurship hubs on campus.

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