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Grand Challenge seeks to redesign condom


By David Schwartz
Published: March 27th, 2013

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE), a grant program that funds early-stage research, has made an open call for anyone with an idea for an innovative new condom. “The idea of a condom that men would prefer to no condom is a revolutionary idea,” say organizers Papa Salif Sow and Stephen Ward. “We know more today about sexual function than at any time in the past.”

Salif and Ward point to a University of Washington lab and its technique for the manufacturing of condoms called electrospinning, which creates tightly woven fabric out of nanometer-sized polymer strands and could be used to deliver spermicidal agents.

This kind of design is highly marketable in that it emphasizes the sexual experience.

“Quite simply, condoms save lives,” Salif and Ward say. “We hope this GCE call will provide a thought-provoking challenge to innovators from many areas who may never have thought about how they could build a better condom.”

Application: Grand Challenges in Global Health

Source: Impatient Optimists

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