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A better condom for a better world

July 18, 2016

As a tool for preventing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, condoms are cheap and nearly 99 percent effective.  The problem? They’re uncomfortable. And that makes men less likely to use them. And that’s bad news in the fight against STDs. According to the UN, there were roughly 2 million new HIV infections in the world last year.  With a mission to improve worldwide health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put out a call to researchers around...

ASU Receives Gates Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development

June 3, 2014

Arizona State University has been awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Biodesign Institute researcher Shengxi Chen, Ph.D., will pursue a global health and innovation project, to design a better, next-generation condom. Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges.  Chen’s project is one...

Biodesign Receives Gates Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development

May 9, 2012

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Biodesign Institute® at Arizona State University announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  ASU assistant professor Shengxi Chen, Ph.D., will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Fluorescent Protein Sensor to Diagnose HIV at Low Cost.”  Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can...