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Saving childrens' lives.

Globally, 22 million infants aren't receiving basic vaccines and 1.5 million children will die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases before they reach age five. This challenge is further complicated by the fact that most vaccines must be refrigerated, and more than a billion people globally don't have reliable access to electricity. Vaccination rates are lowest in remote and rural locations. As part of Intellectual Ventures' Global Good program, Intellectual Venture Labs (IVL) approached Stratos Product Development for help in developing an insulated container to strengthen and extend vaccination services in developing countries. The Passive Vaccine Storage Device was the result.

Designed to keep vaccines at the appropriate temperatures for a month or more on a single batch of ice, the device can store up to 300 doses of vaccines or enough to serve a community of 6,000 for more than a month. It's comprised of a ruggedized vacuum-insulated container, ice blocks and a telemetry module. The ultra-low power system is designed for ease-of-use via unique capacitive touch inputs and a graphic LCD display. Vaccines are stored in three "stacks" comprised of interlocking "cups" optimized for the vaccine schedules of specific countries. The IPX-rated device can be easily transported by regular vehicles, carried by two people or transported with animal assistance.

* Stratos Product Development,

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Title Annotation:Life Sciences
Publication:R & D
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2014
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