Will Broadway, an industrial design and technology graduate from Loughborough University, has come up with an invention that could save millions of lives.
His ‘Isobar’ is designed to keep vaccines at their ideal temperature, allowing for the transport of such vaccines in conflict, disaster or developing countries. The Isobar won the annual James Dyson Award which tasks students with designing anything that solves a problem.
For Will, that problem was the safe transportation of temperature dependant vaccines. Many vaccines today don’t reach those intended due to perishing along the way, whether due to freezing or boiling temperatures.
The Isobar works by heating ammonia and water to create ammonia vapours which are then released into the main chamber of the isobar. This keep the vaccine cool and works as a mobile mini fridge. It is estimated to save 1.5 million lives.
The 22-year old told Newsbeat:
“I make things every day for people who have everything. I wanted to make something for people who have next to nothing. It should be a basic human right, in my opinion, to have a vaccination.
He has no plans to patent his remarkable invention, adding, “Medical products have such a big mark-up that it’s unreasonable for people around the world to purchase these items…If it is the best thing available, then it should be out there saving lives.”