Gates Foundation announces funding for 55 projects from 12 countries through Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announces funding for 55 projects from 12 countries through its Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative
June 3, 2014, SEATTLE
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…Three projects were awarded additional funding following progress made during the first phase of the GCE grant, totaling $2.3 million. These projects include two to improve the vaccine cold chain:
:: During Phase I of their project, Nancy Muller at PATH in the United States developed a straightforward method to eliminate vaccine freezing by adding specialized material that acts as a thermal buffer between ice packs and vaccines. In Phase II, PATH will assist at least one manufacturing partner in bringing a new World Health Organization Performance, Quality, and Safety-qualified freeze-safe vaccine carrier to market.
:: In Phase I, Nithya Ramanathan at Nexleaf Analytics in the United States developed its ColdTrace remote temperature monitoring sensor, which was deployed in 17 clinics in Kenya and Haiti and proved able to provide real-time alerts that help prevent vaccine spoilage. In Phase II, Nexleaf will install ColdTrace in 500 clinics across Kenya, India, and Mozambique to show the impact of remote temperature monitoring and further develop its low-cost platform to improve cold chain infrastructure…