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Western U researchers develop temperature-controlled device to safely transport vaccines and organs

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 14th, 2020

Researchers at Canada’s Western University have created a portable device to transport a wide array of temperature-sensitive items such as vaccines, pharmaceuticals and organs.

Whereas traditional devices are built without controls and have difficulty sustaining a fixed temperature, the new technology can be controlled and maintained at a specific temperature independent of the surrounding temperatures for an extended period of time.

The device could be crucial for vaccine transportation, which often comes with strict temperature requirements in order to prevent deterioration and, thereby, lower health risks among vaccine recipients.

“It is 2020 and yet we are still transporting vaccines and organs in devices using primitive cooling methods like ice packs or ice cubes, with no control,” says Kamran Siddiqui, head of the Western research team. “The need for safe transportation has never been more evident than today as the global COVID-19 pandemic affects all of our lives. Our technology is very promising and has already attracted international interest.”

The device could also prove invaluable for the restaurant and grocery industries by enabling temperature-controlled delivery of meals and produce for the entire food supply chain.

Source: Medical Xpress

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