"In addition to monetary support, WGHF introduced us to members of Washington State's global health community, including SIGN. . . This is a great example of how you brought together two companies working in the global health space and made a real impact."
- Justin Hulvershorn, MD, PhD
Chief Science Officer,  Mirador Biomedical

Washington Global Health Fund

November 30, 2015- Two Washington-based companies, PotaVida and VIA Global Health Inc. are the recipients of the 2015 round of the Washington Global Health Fund (WGHF). Funds will be used to commercialize and manufacture products with developing world applications while creating jobs in Washington State.

About the 2015 Washington Global Health Fund grantees:

  • PotaVida receives $150,000 for their Smart Solar Purifier— a household water purifier targeted for refugee contexts that is driven by sunlight and electronically records usage data. Funds will be used to transition from successful product testing to scalability testing with World Concern.
  • VIA Global Health Inc. receives $55,000 to support their e-Commerce platform linking global health technology manufacturers with emerging market distribution channels. Funds will be used to deepen the base of small to mid-sized health technology suppliers and verified local distributors across the developing world.

Read the press release

If you have questions, please contact Jessica Tissell, Program Manager, WGHA.

Past recipients

In 2014, the Washington Global Health Alliance awarded three Washington organizations grants to manufacture and commercialize products with developing world applications, and create jobs in Washington state. Eligible recipients were nonprofit organizations, private-sector companies, and public research institutions engaged in development, production, promotion, and/or delivery of global health technologies and products.

The Life Sciences Discovery Fund contracted with WGHA to administer the grants to be used solely to promote the development and delivery of global health technologies and products. In administration of the LSDF funds WGHA utilized the expertise of an Awards Committee to analyze grant proposals and make recommendations to WGHA, which made the final awards.

2014 grantees:

  • Critical Practices LLC received $140,000 to design, demonstrate and commercialize a waste containment and treatment unit called the “ComSanAuger” toilet which is appropriate for use in high-density environments such as schools, non-plumbed urban apartment buildings, communal toilet blocks and public markets. The Earth Auger technology in the unit converts human waste to fertilizer.
  • Cascade Designs, Inc., parent company of Mountain Safety Research (MSR) received $55,000 to commercialize their first global health product— a small-scale water treatment technology called the “MSR SE200,” a chlorine maker. MSR partnered with World Vision to explore uses of the SE200 in Africa.
  • PotaVida received $10,000 to advance efforts to commercialize their solar water purifier.