HIV physician-scientist named new chair of Sightline's scientific working group

Sightline Innovation Inc. said it has established a scientific working group and has appointed HIV/AIDS physician-scientist, Dr. Frank Plummer, as its chair.

Plummer has over 30 years of clinical leadership and research experience in infectious disease prevention and control. His professional life began in the early 1980s, when he moved to Kenya where he spent the next 17 years researching sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS. During this period and into the 1990s, Dr. Plummer led the University of Manitoba´s STI/HIV research and training “Kenya AIDS Control Program” which has been lauded as a globally recognized program of excellence. His studies on HIV epidemiology in Kenya were central to global understanding of the risk factors for HIV transmission and how to prevent its spread.

In the late 1980s, fueled by curiosity and a passion for discovery, Dr. Plummer was the first to reveal two very important medical findings: first, that heterosexual women could also be infected with HIV/AIDS (even though the world viewed HIV/AIDS as a homosexual disease at the time) and second, that a cohort of Nairobi sex workers had a natural immunity to HIV/AIDS. This latter discovery suggested the possibility that a vaccine could eventually be developed.

Sightline is Canada´s only machine and deep learning (artificial intelligence) cloud services company that specializes in advanced quality inspection and data analytics servicing multiple verticals from healthcare to manufacturing. Sightline´s proprietary self-learning technology can detect patterns at a higher level of accuracy, quality and speed than legacy vision systems or archaic data analytical approaches, by uniquely mimicking human perception to see and act on what is happening in real-time.