Arktek Passive Vaccine Storage Device

Intellectual Ventures Lab - Global Good Program

The Arktek PSD, a passive storage device, is designed to keep vaccines at appropriate temperatures for a month or more with repeat vaccine retrievals and no need for electricity. It is easily implemented with no need for capitol improvements and has no complex parts to maintain or install. Using a single load of ice blocks for thermal energy storage, the Arktek PSD maintains EPI standard temperatures (0~10°C) for up to 5 liters of vaccines for a minimum 35 days in 43°C day time ambient temperatures. With monthly supplied ice blocks, the Arktek PSD can support vaccination services for a community of approximately 6,000 people. The Arktek PSD is helping to extend vaccination services in remote health posts lacking reliable grid power. This ruggedized vaccine carrier can store up to 300 vaccine doses for over a month. The carrier uses vacuum-insulated technology that allows repeat retrievals and includes a monitor that tracks location using GPS, internal temperature, and the number of retrievals, then transmits this information through USB connection or over SMS messaging.

Product description

The Arktek PSD, a passive storage device, is designed to keep vaccines at appropriate temperatures for a month or more with repeat vaccine retrievals and no need for electricity. It is easily implemented with no need for capitol improvements and has no complex parts to maintain or install. Using a single load of ice blocks for thermal energy storage, the Arktek PSD maintains EPI standard temperatures (0~10°C) for up to 5 liters of vaccines for a minimum 35 days in 43°C day time ambient temperatures. With monthly supplied ice blocks, the Arktek PSD can support vaccination services for a community of approximately 6,000 people. The Arktek PSD is helping to extend vaccination services in remote health posts lacking reliable grid power. This ruggedized vaccine carrier can store up to 300 vaccine doses for over a month. The carrier uses vacuum-insulated technology that allows repeat retrievals and includes a monitor that tracks location using GPS, internal temperature, and the number of retrievals, then transmits this information through USB connection or over SMS messaging.

Target region(s)

The Arktek PSD is designed for communities of 6,000 in remote regions of the world lacking grid power especially in GAVI countries. It is currently in use in Ethiopia, Senegal, Nigeria. ^Interview ^with ^representative

Distributors/implementing organizations

Global Good (collaboration between Intellectual Ventures and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), AUCMA is moving Arktek into distribution in the communities with the lowest rates of vaccination. Based in China, AUCMA is the country’s largest refrigeration manufacturer.

Market suggested retail price

$2193 USD for more than 100 units.^Interview ^with ^representative

Competitive landscape

Solar Fridge. An economic evaluation of these devices in various settings can be found in Vaccine.

SDG targeted

Goal 3: to improve and promote good health.

Immunization rates are the lowest in remote, resource-constrained areas where poor infrastructure, unreliable energy, and funding limitations adversely affect safe storage of temperature-sensitive vaccines. These lifesaving vaccines will spoil between manufacture and use if they are not kept at proper temperatures to ensure their viability, potency and efficacy.

Target user(s)

Health care practitioners in rural regions and aid workers on vaccination campaigns, etc. especially in GAVI countries.

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