Global health

Innovation that Matters

Re-imagining Global Health

As part of its Discovery Series, Washington’s Technology Alliance recently hosted a breakfast featuring a talk by PATH CEO, Steve Davis, entitled “Innovation in Global Health.”

The talk was largely focused on the successes and ongoing goals of PATH, an international health organization based in Seattle. The organization is working on some remarkable initiatives, including the development of a vaccine for malaria, providing women in developing countries access to contraception and leveraging social media to provide information and impact behavior.

NPR Posts Article About Vaccine Storage Device

Passive Vaccine Storage Device in TransitThe article entitled "How Do You Keep Vaccines Cool? Try Spacecraft Insulation" is a great overview of the need for this type of vaccine storage and the great ways it's being used.

New Perspectives on Global Point-of-Care Diagnostic Needs

Global Point-of-Care Diagnostic ToolsIn a recent symposium at AACC in Atlanta entitled “The Convergence of Global Point-of-Care Diagnostic Needs,” some interesting ideas and experiences were presented by a diverse panel of experts. As diagnostic testing is moving closer to the patient in developing countries in order to facilitate treatment decisions during the clinical visit and new settings for POCT at decentralized locations such as retail pharmacies within the developed world are emerging, new opportunities and business models can be identified.

Join us for MOHAI's AntiFreeze!

If you haven't had a chance to visit the MOHAI exhibit featuring the Passive Vaccine Storage Device, this Thursday is a great day to get there! 

Exciting Advances for Global Health Diagnostics

PanDxSince 2011, Stratos has been engaged in a major global-health initiative to make Bill Gates' vision to quickly, easily, and affordably diagnose diseases a reality. This program is an unprecedented effort to develop affordable, easy-to-use tools that will enable health care workers in developing countries to precisely diagnose infectious disease at the point-of-care. These new tools are needed to enable each patient to receive the right therapy in a timely fashion. 

Partnerships Crucial to Global Health Diagnostics Deployments

The Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA) recently assembled an excellent panel to discuss global health diagnostics entitled "From Washington to the World: Developing and Deploying Diagnostics."

From Washington to the World: Developing and Deploying Diagnostics

Don't miss the WBBA's upcoming event From Washington to the World: Developing and Deploying Diagnostics. Stratos' Director of Point-of-Care Diagnostics, Wallace White, will be a panelist along with other leading innovators in global health diagnostics.

Multiphysics Brings Vaccines to the Developing World

If you're interested in learning more about the Passive Vaccine Storage Device read Laura Bowen’s article in R&D Magazine:

“As a result of the experimental and theoretical work that went into the PVSD, the device is capable of making a significant impact on the vaccine cold chain in the developing world, allowing vaccines to travel into more remote regions and to be stored for longer periods of time without the need for power."

Stratos Selected as Semi-Finalist in USAID’s Grand Ebola Challenge

In a continued focus on advancements in global health, Stratos was pleased to participate in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) "Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development." This call to help health care workers to provide better care and stop the spread of Ebola received over 1,500 submissions. 

Success Story in Global Health

Stratos is proud to be a part of an unprecedented global effort to deliver timely and effective treatments of illnesses in underserved regions, improve health and save lives. We worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop affordable, easy-to-use diagnostic tools to rapidly diagnose diseases. We also collaborated on the development of Intellectual Ventures’ Passive Vaccine Storage Device, which is designed to keep vaccines at the appropriate temperatures for a month or more with repeated vaccine retrievals and no need for electricity.
 
It’s exciting to see this report via @BillGates in The Atlantic on good news regarding polio eradication from Nigeria: "Since 2012, when the World Health Organization declared the crippling infectious disease a “global-health emergency,” the West African country (the last center of polio on the continent) has overhauled its strategies for combating the scourge. Now, through rigorous vaccination campaigns, Nigeria is on the verge of eliminating the virus and making Africa polio-free, the CDC reported Thursday."

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