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Every week ILQ features a different Qatari startup in a segment called ‘Startup of the Week’. Qatar has some of the most creative, unique, and impactful startups in the region. We cover different startups across various industries in Doha, from fashion and beauty to food and dining, to health and education, and more! This week we’re featuring Vitality QA, an online Qatari startup that provides people with access to a unique platform that integrates users’ medications with their current health conditions.
Vitality QA helps people compare drug interactions of medications against each other especially when people have to take more than one medication at a time. The startup began as a university entrepreneurship class project at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ). The idea stemmed from stories of individuals experiencing side effects when intaking many different medications at once. Many people aren’t aware of the interactions between different medications and tend to experience side effects firsthand. It’s difficult to research this information online, as the language and certain terms are hard to understand. This is why Vitality QA was created, to serve as a medication interaction checker based in Qatar.
The company was founded by Maryam Al Sulaiti, a CMUQ alumna and Amnah Ameen, a CMUQ student. The founders took their project to INJAZ Qatar, an organization that helps students and local businesses succeed in the global economy, and received the award for Best Social Impact. After working on their business model, the founders met with Mohammed Zehni, a CMUQ alumnus, who had the passion and skills to helped take Vitality QA to the next level.
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“I decided to start VitalityQa because I wanted to offer a service to help others in terms of providing them with information that would benefit them,” Al Sulaiti said. “By allowing them easy access to a platform that shows medication interactions, users may become more aware. There is no such service provided in the region that is specific to medications that are here, as most of the medications are produced and distributed within the region.”
Currently, Vitality QA is developing working its web application and continuously introducing new features. This web app allows users to create a health profile, input their medications and check for medication interactions. Further plans include providing other features such as medication reactions, food and allergic reactions as well as medication reminders.
Ameen said, “In every business class, the idea of “a solution to a problem can be turned into a business” was repeated over and over again, but it did not resonate with me until I saw how unmonitored medication intake and its interactions can affect the lives of those who are dear to us. That is when the idea of VitalityQa was first born and carried forward. We believe that without the passion of solving a problem we personally see around us, we wouldn’t have developed the idea thus far, and our passion would be the fuel that will keep us moving forward.”
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