Our passive vaccine storage device is designed to keep vaccines at appropriate temperatures for a month or more with repeat vaccine retrievals and no need for electricity.

Diseases like polio have been eradicated in many countries through vaccination; however, they are still prominent in parts of the developing world. One of the greatest challenges to reaching children for vaccination is the sensitive nature of vaccines themselves, vaccines must be kept at precise temperatures until use, to prevent spoiling. Unfortunately, many parts of the developing world lack the infrastructure and electricity to maintain reliable temperature controlled distribution systems. As a result, countless lifesaving vaccines spoil between manufacture and use.

As part of IV’s Global Good program, our team at IV Lab developed an insulated container, to strengthen and extend vaccination services in developing countries. The passive vaccine storage device, Arktek™ is designed to keep vaccines at appropriate temperatures for a month or more with repeat vaccine retrievals and no need for electricity. The device combines the best attributes of vaccine cold boxes and stationary refrigerators currently used. Unlike other vaccine cold boxes that keep vaccines cold for one to five days, our device holds temperatures for over a month, and unlike refrigerators, it is transportable, low cost, low maintenance, and can be used anywhere.

Arktek uses super insulation techniques similar to those used to store cryogenic fluids; its design is specific to vaccine storage and can maintain the necessary temperatures using only ice.  Vaccines can then be retrieved without jeopardizing the remaining vials and the insulated container can remain in the field for repeated use.

Making it Possible

IV Lab engineers, instrument makers, and scientists developed and tested prototypes to validate concepts and refine the passive vaccine storage technology for use in the field.

Instrument Shop
Environmental Chambers

Our passive vaccine storage device went through six different prototype versions with performance measurement and design iterations on each. The Instrument Shop and the Scientific Instrument Manufacturing and Testing Group was instrumental throughout this prototyping process.

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IV Lab’s environmental chambers allow us to do in-house environmental testing. Currently, these chambers are used to simulate a Sub-Saharan African climate, while allowing access to vaccines in our vaccine storage device during testing. Tests in our environmental chambers are designed to collect data in conditions beyond what we expect in the field.

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Instrument Shop

The Instrument Shop allows IV Lab to develop ideas quickly from concept through to manufacture and testing.

Environmental Chambers

Tests in our Environmental Chambers are designed to collect data in conditions beyond what we expect in the field.

Electronics

The Electronics Lab houses a wide selection of specialized equipment and software for prototype fabrication and analysis.

Insectary

Our 200 square foot Insectary houses species from both the Aedes and Anopheles mosquito genera.

Malaria Diagnostics

IV Lab is developing new malaria diagnostic techniques in support of elimination and eventual eradication of malaria.

Artificial Diet

IV Lab is developing an artificially manufactured mosquito food to help scientists and health programs raise mosquitoes effectively.

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