Global Development Head, Strategic Partnerships Team, Novartis
CDL Recovery focuses on information-based solutions. These include, for example, managerial decision-making tools based on: (1) swab-based tests that predict whether the coronavirus is present in an individual, (2) contact tracing, (3) image analysis of people density or proximity, (4) symptom monitoring, and (5) workplace monitoring of air or sewage. This list is illustrative, not exhaustive.
CDL Recovery is not focused on health solutions (e.g., treatments, vaccines) or always-on solutions (e.g., PPE, surface-coating materials). CDL Recovery is also not focused on automation that enables commerce under physical distancing (e.g., robots) or goods and services that will experience an increase in demand due to physical-distancing restrictions (e.g., home entertainment). These are important and will be included in the core CDL streams that will resume in the fall.
All types of innovative teams may apply – startups, corporations, informal collaborations, sole inventors, social impact ventures, and not-for-profit initiatives. Accepted teams attend five in-person objective-setting sessions between October and June. CDL is a non-profit organization. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity. Learn more about the CDL program.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the program with someone from the CDL Recovery team.
CDL mentors include accomplished medical and health experts, entrepreneurs, experienced operators, active angel and venture investors, world-leading scientists, engineers, and economists. Mentors meet via the Virtual CDL platform to help founders set objectives over the duration of the program.
For more information or to schedule an introduction meeting with the CDL team, email