PRLog (Press Release)
- Nov. 7, 2012 - MCLEAN, Va.—
announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations (http://www.grandchallenges.org/
winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx
). LMI Senior Consultant Roger Miller will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “A Tool to Calculate the Total Delivered Cost of Vaccines.”
“Through technology, and by using advanced analytics, we have an opportunity to ensure that the delivery of critical vaccines is efficient, cost-effective, and secure, and we believe this project will provide much needed support to vaccine managers,” Miller said. “LMI is proud to receive the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to pursue this important initiative.”
Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide who are taking innovative approaches to some of the world’s toughest and persistent global health and development challenges. GCE invests in the early stages of bold ideas that have real potential to solve the problems people in the developing world face every day. Miller’
s project is one of over 80 Grand Challenges Explorations Round 9 grants announced today by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“Investments in innovative global health research are already paying off,” said Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery and Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We continue to be impressed by the novelty and innovative spirit of Grand Challenges Explorations projects and are enthusiastic about this exciting research. These investments hold real potential to yield new solutions to improve the health of millions of people in the developing world, and ensure that everyone has the chance to live a healthy productive life.”
To receive funding, Miller and other Grand Challenges Explorations Round 9 winners demonstrated in a two-page online application a creative idea in one of five critical global heath and development topic areas that included agriculture development, immunization and communications. Applications for the current open round, Grand Challenges Explorations Round (http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/Applica...
) 10, will be accepted through November 7, 2012.
For the project, Miller, along with LMI consultant Paul Costello and other LMI associates, will develop a software-based prototype modeling tool that allows vaccine program managers to lower total delivered costs by analyzing all of the clinical and logistical factors that determine the cost per viable vaccine dose administered—
including all attributable clinical, logistical, and acquisition costs. If successful, the prototype will be developed as a fully-deployable software product with associated training, reporting, and analysis capability. Miller previously coauthored an article on vaccine supply chains in the June 2011/Volume 30, Issue 6 edition of Health Affairs
(a special issue sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).About Grand Challenges Explorations
Grand Challenges Explorations (http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/Introdu...
) is a US$100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2008, over 700 people in 45 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization. The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no preliminary data required. Initial grants of US$100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to US$1 million.About LMI
is a government consulting firm committed to helping government leaders and managers reach decisions that make a difference. LMI draws on its 50 years of experience as a pioneer in logistics by applying an unmatched knowledge of people, processes, and assets to a variety of sectors, including defense, intelligence, healthcare, energy and environment, homeland security, and civil government. As a not-for-profit organization, LMI is a trusted advisor to the government—free from commercial or political bias and dedicated to the mission of advancing government management.