Prestigious Belgian James Dyson Award for “FLINK” by Tibo Grandry in collaboration with Voxdale, Novosanis and University of Antwerp

Tibo Grandry, former student Product Development at the University of Antwerp has received the Belgian James Dyson Award for its FLINK device (now COOL-VAX). The device allows for optimal storage of vaccines for up to 30 hours and thereby reduces spillage.

Annually about 50% of the vaccines in developing countries are spilled because of incorrect administration and loss due to improper storage. FLINK is an innovative, sustainable vaccine carrier that allows for storage of vaccines for up to 30h at 2 to 8 degrees C by use of a central ice pack with water buffer and avoiding disruptions in the cold chain.  

Tibo Grandry (former student Product Development) has developed FLINK (now COOL-VAX) in collaboration with University of Antwerp (Product Development and VAXINFECTIO), Voxdale, a design and engineering agency from Antwerp, and Novosanis, medical device company and spin-off from the University of Antwerp. Grandry applied for the James Dyson award as FLINK offers a solution to a societal problem, i.e. providing vaccination to developing countries by avoiding disruptions in the cold chain through an innovative and sustainable vaccine carrier.

Koen Beyers, CEO at Voxdale and Chief Technology Officer at Novosanis, “it was a pleasure to inspire Tibo Grandry as a student and to generate a state-of-the-art device.  This combined effort has resulted in a disruptive product with a unique architecture. Interest has already been expressed by the United Nations for their programmes in developing countries.’’

Voxdale, Novosanis and University of Antwerp are extremely pleased with this prestigious award. Last year, this consortium also received the Belgian James Dyson Award for the VAX-IDTM device, an innovative injection device suited for accurate injections in dermal layer of the skin. The award encourages both Novosanis and Voxdale to further develop the FLINK device which has been re-named to COOL-VAX.

Grandry previously received the Packaging Award 2014 for FLINK.