Millions of currently children miss out on life-saving inoculations because vaccines spoil when not refrigerated. However, Dr Asel Sartbaeva and her team have developed a pioneering technology using a silica coating to keep vaccines stable up to 100°C. The technology first worked in the lab two years ago and now it has proven to work under real-world conditions.
This research has been supported by The Annett Trust, and alumni Tim Ford and Roger Whorrod OBE and his wife Sue, whose generosity created PhD and post-doctoral positions that propelled the project forward.
Asel’s breakthrough has now been recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. She says:
This will help us connect with vaccine manufacturers to build new partnerships.