LyoGo profile

Purdue University

In developing countries there is an extreme shortage of healthcare workers capable of giving injections safely and little infrastructure to transport liquid drugs that have to be refrigerated. As a result, 24 million cases of hepatitis, HIV, and other diseases are spread by unsafe needle practices each year, and five million children die because they live in reduced infrastructure villages with little or no refrigeration to keep vaccines or other medicines cold.

This team, called LyoGo, is developing a device that makes it easy to distribute, administer, and dispose of medicine around the world. LyoGo’s mixing technology stores a lyophilized (freeze-dried) drug and its liquid diluents in two chambers kept separate by a solid barrier. Due to the solid barrier, the injector reduces or eliminates the need for refrigeration of most compounds during transit or storage. Further, a safety shield locking design provides a self-contained sharps container that can be safely disposed of after use.

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