September 16, 2013

Harvard I-Lab Startup Vaxess Using Silk to Preserve Vaccines For Developing Countries

“You probably know that diseases like measles, mumps and rubella still afflict people in remote parts of the world, despite being eradicated long ago in developed countries. You might not know that one big reason isn’t a shortage of vaccines but rather a lack of refrigeration. Often, there’s just no way to keep immunizations cold enough, long enough to be effective.

Harvard Innovation Lab startup Vaxess Technologies is developing a way around the cold storage problem by using silk — yes, silk — to preserve vaccines in a manner that eliminates the need for refrigeration…”