Grant applications are carefully reviewed by the Awards Committee. In the first two rounds of funding, applications were received from over 60 public and private organizations from across Washington and the global health technology sector.
BURN Design Lab, a nonprofit based on Vashon Island, creates customized biomass stove solutions to meet the cooking needs of the developing world. Cooking with charcoal is a major cause of indoor air pollution, deforestation and a daily expense for families living in the developing world. WGHF awarded Burn $120,000 to design and manufacture a low-cost, high-efficiency cook stove for Kenya. The grant will support five positions on Vashon Island.
PRONTO International, a nonprofit located in Seattle, has developed the PRONTOPack™ for training medical staff in low-resources settings in obstetric emergency. The PRONTOPack™ includes supplies, training curriculum and an instructional DVD to help guide the simulation training. WGHF is providing $50,000 in grant funding to support the first paid staff and manufacture 100 PRONTOPacks™. PRONTO International will launch their product at the Women Deliver conference in May 2022.
Aseptica, Inc, established in 2021, is located in Port Orchard, WA. Aseptica has developed a novel agent which can be used to disinfect catheters and other medical devices and will replace less effective products currently on the market. Catheter-caused infections are common in the developed and developing world and are extremely difficult to treat in low-resource settings. WGHF is providing $100,000 in funds that will be matched by angel investors to create 4 jobs in manufacturing and distribution of their product.
SIGN Fracture Care International, established in 1998, is located in Richland, WA. SIGN designs and manufactures orthopaedic implants for use after traffic accidents, a leading cause of injury and death in the developing word. Their devices are used by surgeons in over 40 countries worldwide. WGHF awarded SIGN a $15,000 matching grant to hire staff to obtain FDA approval and ISO certification on two new devices: a pediatric nail and a hip plate. This is the second grant WGHF has awarded to SIGN.
SpringStar, Inc, established in 1998, is located in Woodinville, WA. SpringStar specializes in effective, nontoxic and environmentally safe pest control products. WGHF awarded SpringStar $75,000 to hire two staff to produce and market a Trap-N-Kill (TNK) product aimed at mosquitoes carrying dengue fever. Dengue fever is widespread in developing countries and has reappeared in southern United States and has no treatment options. The Lethal Ovitrap technology is exclusively licensed from the Department of Defense, a funding partner for this project.
Cascade Designs, Inc, a market leader in outdoor and military water treatment devices, is located in Seattle, Washington and is developing a water treatment product for the developing world. Their product, combined with a 12-volt battery and salt treats 40,000 liters of drinking water. The $150,000 provided by WGHF was used to hire sales and manufacturing staff to begin commercial production of the product.
Mirador Biomedical is a Seattle, Washington based company that has developed an innovative low-cost, pressure sensing medical device to make health care procedures easier to perform and safer for the patient. WGHF has provided $150,000 to create manufacturing jobs focused on producing a pressure sensing device for the developing world.
SIGN Fracture Care International is a non-profit based in Richland, Washington that designs and manufactures orthopaedic implants for use after traffic accidents, a leading cause of mortality and disablement in the developing world. Their $150,000 grant created new jobs in their manufacturing plant.