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Social Entrepreneurship Keeps Life-saving Vaccines Cool

By Kara Miller

This meningitis vaccine is part of a pilot program in Burkina Faso. Sometimes, available vaccines can't be used in remote parts of the world because there is no way to refrigerate them, but our guest this week has a solution. (WHO via Flickr)

We’re joined by a winner of Harvard’s President's Challenge for social entrepreneurship, Michael Shrader.

His team knew that, every year, more than two million people around the world die due to diseases that we actually have vaccines for, because so many vaccines need refrigeration. And it can be incredibly difficult to get a vaccine to a remote village in Africa or Southeast Asia in good shape, if it needs to be refrigerated along the way.

Shrader will share their ingenious solution.

Plus, we talk to social entrepreneurship experts about a surge of young people who want to do good and make money.


  • Michael Schrader, winner of Harvard's President's Challenge for Social Entrepreneurship; co-founder and president, Vaxess Technologies

  • Gordon Jones, director, Harvard Innovation Lab

  • Gordon Bloom, director and founder, Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory, Harvard

About Innovation Hub

Each week, Kara Miller talks to Boston's most innovative thinkers, examining new ideas and potential solutions to today’s many challenges. Topics range from education to health care to green energy. Join us on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

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As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

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