OVER 2 million children die every year of vaccine preventable DISEASES
BY 2015 cell towers are expected to provide coverage to 98% of the world's POPULATION
CELL towers provide the energy and the infrastructure needed to solve this challenging PROBLEM
PROVIDING the energy needed for the refrigeration of viable VACCINES
Rerouting Power. Reshaping Health
Energize the Chain (ETC) is a service company providing technology solutions for
optimizing the vaccine cold chain in developing countries. According to studies over the last
decade, 25-40% of vaccines spoil in transit before they reach patient communities in rural areas.
ETC negotiates public-private partnerships with governments, global health bodies (UNICEF,
WHO), and major telecom companies to fortify cold chain operations using private sector
infrastructure. Its core operation model involves connecting vaccine refrigerators to the power
supply of cell phone towers to guarantee energy stability in remote areas.
Dr. Rubin appeared on BloombergTV's Street Smart on October 7, 2014, to discuss cold chain challenges and solutions in light of the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Dr. Rubin will be featured as a keynote speaker at Digital Disruption 2014, a digital innovation and business transformation conference in San Jose, California, on December 8-11. He'll address the ways that EtC is forging innovative partnerships between the telecom industry and the health infrastructure in Africa and India.
Dr. Harvey Rubin spoke about Energize the Chain at a TEDx talk in New York City on September 26, 2014. He discussed the challenges of maintaining the cold chain and the promises of partnering with mobile telecommunications companies.
Forbes.com's Faye Flam talks to Harvey Rubin, MD, PhD, about challenges in maintaining the cold chain for a future Ebola vaccine. Dr. Rubin notes that with Ebola, lack of refrigeration for biologics and vaccines represents part of a bigger problem with infrastructure. What we need, he says, is an international organization dedicated to tracking and responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases.
Private equity firms are investing in the cold chain. Why? It's not just vaccines that need to be kept at appropriate temperature: other commodities such as foods have specific cold temperature requirements.
Knowledge@Wharton, the Wharton School's online journal of business analysis, looks at the cold chain landscape as a potential business opportunity built on the foundation of innovation that EtC has established.
This piece by Dawn Bushaus from TM Forum, a global digital trade association, highlights the promise of EtC and expansion plans beyond Zimbabwe.
Every year, more than 2 million children worldwide die from preventable diseases because they lack access to the vaccines that could prevent their illnesses. Energize The Chain (ETC), a not-for-profit technology service company, is working with mobile network operators in developing nations on a revolutionary Internet of Things application that could significantly reduce the number of deaths...
EtC's Professor Harvey Rubin discusses the social and cultural aspects of Ebola epidemic response in Knowledge@Wharton, The Wharton School's online journal of business analysis.