NCIIA’s Xcelerator program supports global innovators to create groundbreaking technologies to solve problems that challenge the lives of people in the developing world.

Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development 

Designed originally in partnership with USAID and The Lemelson Foundation for Saving Lives at Birth grantees, the Xcelerator Training Program supports innovative approaches to helping pregnant women and newborns in the high-risk period leading up to and immediately following birth, which is the riskiest time for mothers and infants in the world’s poorest places.

Participants include a team from Rice University that has reduced the price of an essential treatment for babies suffering from respiratory distress from $6,000 to $160; a Columbia University-Rwandan partnership to deploy a low-cost diagnostic device for HIV and syphilis that requires only one drop of blood; and a team from Australia developing a needle-free, non-refrigerated treatment for postpartum hemorrhage.

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE)– The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2014, NCIIA will produce three Xcelerator workshops as a pilot program for Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE), an initiative of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMFG). GCE engages scientists worldwide to expand the pipeline of innovative ideas to meet global health challenges.

BMGF and The Lemelson Foundation are partnering to providing support for Xcelerator for GCE grantees.

Learn more about the Xcelerator training

Watch our training videos:
Intro to Strategy Mapping Video
Context Analysis Training Video
Exit Strategy Training Video

Suggested reading:
Africa - Promise And Progress
Scaling-up Aid

For more information, contact:
Laura Sampath
Global Training Programs Manager