About Us

Our Mission

ORTube was founded in 2019 and our mission is to ensure equal access to safe and effective oral rehydration around the world. Our organization is dedicated to designing, testing, and implementing innovative medical devices--such as the ORTube--to improve public health delivery in developing countries. The ORTube is a 3D-printed tool that families and health workers can use prepare oral rehydration solution, a life-saving treatment for the often fatal dehydration associated with diarrheal infections in developing countries. Families, health workers, communities and countries can now have a sustainable solution to eliminate preventable deaths from diarrheal diseases and ensure equal access to safe and effective oral rehydration around the world!

Our Story

We are Jacob Dubner and Jack Waters, and together, we are the co-founders of ORTube. We have been best friends since kindergarten and share a passion for developing creative solutions to improve the world.

In 2017, in our senior year in high school, we participated in Graig Marx’s Research Science class and learned how to use 3D modeling software to develop a tool that solves a real-world problem.

This opportunity was the inspiration to find a way to reduce mortality due to diarrheal diseases. Oral rehydration solution is a simple solution of water, salt and sugar and was developed in the 1940s. It is an inexpensive and highly effective treatment for the severe dehydration associated with diarrheal diseases, yet current access in developing regions remains limited.

After rigorous development and testing, we took the final version for field testing in May 2018 with Omni Med in Uganda. After initial success, in July 2019, we officially incorporated ORTube as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

To date, over 500 Ugandan health workers are using ORTubes. We are also conducting a longitudinal research study on the tool’s long-term impact on Ugandan communities.

Our organization continues to provide ORTubes to health workers in Uganda and globally, with the goal of expanding access to safe and effective ORS in the communities that need it most.

"We believe it has the potential to do a lot of good and save a lot of lives."

- Jacob Dubner. Co-founder, Chief Strategy Officer

Our Team

Jack Waters

Co-founder, Chief Financial Officer
and Head of Design

Jack Waters: Co-founder, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Design

After graduating from high school in Pittsburgh, Jack began undergraduate studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in the cinema studies BFA program and neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences. After one year at NYU, he decided to focus on science and transferred to Brown University to study cognitive neuroscience (ScB.) with aspirations to work in medicine. His main research interests include global public health, the neuroscience of perception, and neuro-oncology. In his free time, Jack enjoys studying Russian language and Slavic culture, and is an avid fan of the English soccer team, Arsenal.

Jacob Dubner

Co-founder,
Chief Strategy Officer

Jacob Dubner: Co-founder, Chief Strategy Officer

Jacob is a student in the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences studying biochemistry and biology. After graduation, he intends to enroll in medical school and pursue a combined medical degree and masters in public health. His primary research focus is on health disparities, global health, and the human microbiome. On the side, Jacob enjoys building sets for Penn’s theatre community and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles football team.

Graig Marx

Chief Technical Advisor

Graig Marx: Chief Technical Advisor

Graig is a 17-year veteran teacher, currently at the Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh. He is involved with nonprofits and startups in and around the intersection between medicine and additive manufacturing. His passion for design and 3D printing continues to influence his career. Graig functions as a mentor and a consultant to the founders of ORTube.

Our Partners & Supporters

Since May 2018, ORTube has proudly partnered with Omni Med to combat diarrheal diseases throughout Uganda by conducting a pilot study on the ORTube’s viability within the Mukono District of Uganda. Omni Med is a nonprofit organization that trains community health workers known as VHTs in the Mukono District of Uganda to provide innovative, cooperative, and sustainable solutions to health challenges faced in their communities.

As of October 2020, 525 community health workers in Uganda have been equipped with ORTubes, providing 155 villages in 7 sub-counties with reliable access to create oral rehydration solutions. ORTube is thrilled to continue its work with Omni Med to provide oral rehydration access throughout the Mukono District and all of Uganda.

ORTube's work has been made possible by the generous support of the University of Pennsylvania’s College House Research Fellowship, the Wharton Innovation Fund, the College Alumni Society Research Grant, and the Gelfman International Summer Fund. ORTube is deeply grateful to the Winchester Thurston School for their continued support.

Looking Forward

As an organization, ORTube aims to increase its capacity to provide ORTubes to all of Uganda, as well as other developing countries where diarrheal diseases are prevalent, including Chad, the Central African Republic, Madagascar, and Yemen. Partnerships are critical in amplifying and scaling ORTube's efforts globally. ORTube welcomes collaborations with both major global health organizations and smaller, local health organizations that serve the countries in which ORTube works. If you or your health nonprofit organization is interested in partnering with ORTube, please contact oralrehydrationtube@gmail.com for more information!