Drexel, Penn, Jefferson researchers win Gates Foundation grants for improving health abroad

 A group of self-taught mechanics in remote Bo Kluea, Thailand, brainstorm design improvements for a labor-saving seed planter with Drexel University's Alexander Moseson. (Image courtesy of Drexel University)

A group of self-taught mechanics in remote Bo Kluea, Thailand, brainstorm design improvements for a labor-saving seed planter with Drexel University's Alexander Moseson. (Image courtesy of Drexel University)

Building a better condom grabbed the headlines, but Philadelphia came strong in the latest round of grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Researchers at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University each won $100,000 to make the developing world healthier. All three are now eligible for follow-on grants of up to $1 million.

Penn’s project tackles rare tropical diseases;
Jefferson’s project is a rabies vaccine/contraceptive for dogs;
Drexel’s project builds low-cost tools for subsistence farmers in Thailand.

We’ll have a profile of the Drexel project later today. (Update: You can read that story here.)

Here is the full list of winners.

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