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Aussie Student Creates GENIUS Device To Bolster Vaccinations

By Sarah Forster

A young Australian woman has come up with an invention that could save lives in third world countries.

26-year-old Amy Killen has created a new way for blood donations to be stored and transferred.

She calls it the Thermalife, a fold-up medical device that is self-cooling and low cost.

"It uses the sun to regenerate it. So when water evaporates it takes heat from its surrounding environment. That's what creates the refrigeration effect."


Killen, at PhD candidate at Monash University was inspired after learning cooling and transportation issues were a major cause of unsafe blood transfusions in poor countries.

"I knew that I always wanted to do something in the medical field. I'd read a lot of stories from doctors overseas." 

She's been recognised with the 2016 Australian James Dyson Award, which included $3,500 in funding which will go towards making a full prototype.

"There's a lot of opportunity for it to be taken up and actually made into a viable product, which is very exciting."

The Thermalife can also be used for the safe transportation of vaccinations.

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