Immunizations have become one of the greatest success stories in modern medicine, yet roughly 1.5 million children still die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. This is due in part to the sensitive nature of vaccines themselves, which spoil if they’re not kept at precise temperatures from manufacture to use.
Arktek™, our latest passive vaccine storage device, employs super insulation techniques similar to those used to store cryogenic fluids and protect spacecraft from extreme temperatures. Once stocked with ice, Arktek can keep vaccines at the appropriate temperature for a month or more.
Our commercial partner, AUCMA, is moving Arktek beyond manufacturing and into distribution in the communities with the lowest rates of vaccination. Based in China, AUCMA is the country’s largest refrigeration manufacturer and is a critical collaborator in our efforts to get a passive vaccine storage device to those who need it most.
For a look at the device in the field and an explanation of what this invention is doing to combat disease in developing countires, watch the video.
Awards & Recognition2014 R&D 100
Recognizing the 100 most technologically significant products into the marketplace2014 ViE Award
Best technological developmentChicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design
2014 Good Design® Award in the Humanitarian category