MIT News March 3, 2022
Ashley Belanger | School of Engineering

MIT Sandbox inspires highly sought health care innovations with its new Independent Activities Period program.
When computation and systems biology PhD student Elvira Kinzina was diagnosed with Lyme disease during her first year at MIT, she struggled to find a doctor specializing in the disease — even though Boston is renowned for its thriving health care community. She soon found out this was common for Lyme patients, with many specialists booked out months, years, or indefinitely. Now, she is involved with a new Independent Activities Period (IAP) program focused on health care entrepreneurship, and is developing an app to help Lyme patients find doctors and answers sooner.

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