ARM backs Simprints $2.45m funding boost to prevent maternal and child deaths
After a rigorous review by global health experts, Cambridge startup Simprints was chosen among 15 of the world’s most promising ideas to save lives at birth in developing countries, edging out over 550 other applicants to secure millions in new funding to develop and refine its innovations.
The award comes from Saving Lives at Birth, a ‘Grand Challenge for Development’ funded by the Gates Foundation, USAID, UKaid, and the Canadian, Korean, and Norwegian governments.
Simprints builds open source software and biometric hardware to empower mobile tools used by researchers, NGOs, and governments fighting poverty around the world.
Simprints has been awarded a $2 million prize to scale its current project covering 22,000 patients in Bangladesh with BRAC – the world’s largest NGO – across 24 districts, reaching 4.85 million mothers and children over the next three years.
Simprints simultaneously received a $250k innovation award to begin R & D on neonate fingerprinting technology that can improve vaccination rates across the developing world.
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