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Aussie Student Creates GENIUS Device To Bolster Vaccinations

By Sarah Forster

A young Australian woman has come up with an invention that could save lives in third world countries.

26-year-old Amy Killen has created a new way for blood donations to be stored and transferred.

She calls it the Thermalife, a fold-up medical device that is self-cooling and low cost.

"It uses the sun to regenerate it. So when water evaporates it takes heat from its surrounding environment. That's what creates the refrigeration effect."

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Killen, at PhD candidate at Monash University was inspired after learning cooling and transportation issues were a major cause of unsafe blood transfusions in poor countries.

"I knew that I always wanted to do something in the medical field. I'd read a lot of stories from doctors overseas." 

She's been recognised with the 2016 Australian James Dyson Award, which included $3,500 in funding which will go towards making a full prototype.

"There's a lot of opportunity for it to be taken up and actually made into a viable product, which is very exciting."

The Thermalife can also be used for the safe transportation of vaccinations.

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