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It's 'Shark Tank' For Global Health Inventions

Projects helping to improve medical care for moms and babies in poor countries want to scale up. But first they need to master the art of the pitch.
Bryn Sobott of the FREO2 Foundation presents his group's solution to pneumonia treatment — an oxygen delivery machine that can operate using the energy generated by running water — at a pitch competition organized by Saving Lives At Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development in Washington, D.C. Source: Pearl Mak

What would happen if global health innovators appeared on "Shark Tank," the reality TV show that judges business concepts from straightforward to zany?

It'd probably look a bit like the pitch competition the late July conference in Washington, D.C. The event was organized by , a program that gives out grants to projects helping to improve medical care for moms and babies in low-income settings. It's funded by groups like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. and U.K. government. (Note: As readers of Goats and Soda may know, the Gates Foundation is also a funder of this blog and

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