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Vera, Stanford brainchild backed by Silicon Valley, aims to manage COVID-19 testing — for the entire nation

Enroll an entire country on a COVID-19 tracking platform? Vera, a Stanford Medicine initiative backed by Silicon Valley philanthropy, pledges to deliver exactly that, and is enrolling participants for a pilot study in the Bay Area.

The initiative′s cofounders say their work is game-changing amid the growing pandemic. Technology that exists now is both limited in access and specific to the unique circumstances of the test and tested area, according to Vera founder and Stanford Board of Trustees Chair Jeffrey Raikes ′80. Vera creates a platform for national-scale disease testing.