Longsleeve Insect Repellent

In 2017, my Yale college roommate Andrew Rothaus (Harvard Business School 2018) reached out to me with an idea spurred by the Zika Virus outbreak in Miami. At the time, I was at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health earning my Masters in Public Health degree. The premise was this: can a safer, longer-lasting repellent have a major impact in stopping vector-borne infectious disease outbreaks?

We believed it could, and thus began Longsleeve. Using polymer-based technology, we are working on creating a long-lasting, DEET-free insect repellent. My primary interest is in how we can apply and operationalize this technology in low-income settings, both rural and urban, as well as middle-income high-density populations where malaria, dengue and other such diseases are prevalent. Moreover, I am interested in utilizing this technology to help reach “last-mile” communities in which Neglected Tropical Diseases remain burdensome.

Current topics of personal interest include: the testing and application of our technology to non-mosquito insect vectors, as well as longevity testing on mosquitos.

Press:
A better insect repellent: Abraar Karan MPH 17 wants to launch a long-lasting repellent in countries suffering from malaria and other vector-borne diseases (2020)

Former Yale roommates win $75k grand prize at Harvard to combat disease (2018)

Harvard Business School Names Winners of 21st New Venture Competition at Finale (2018)

Three-day mosquito repellent takes top prize at biz school competition (2018)

New mosquito repellent developed in Boston offers near-perfect protection for days )(2018)

Karan Wins HBS Dubilier Grand Prize (Brigham and Women’s) (2018)

Calabasas grad already making impact on world health scene (2018)

Student team pitches long-lasting insect repellent (2017)