Ideabatic is an award-winning social enterprise solving vaccine cold-chain issues for human and animal health in the last few miles of delivery. According to the World Health Organisation, 2 to 3 million children die each year of a vaccine-preventable disease and 19.5 million are still lacking basic vaccinations. Ideabatic has been developing its SMILE (Smart last-mile) technology to guarantee vaccines are kept at the critical temperatures of 2-8 degrees Celsius and extend cooling capacity throughout the ‘last-mile’ journey, which typically takes a few hours to 7 days. SMILE aims to eliminate vaccine spoilage and reach out to millions who are currently unvaccinated.

The SMILE system has won multiple innovation awards globally. These include the ViiV Healthcare and MassChallenge Award £25K, Next Generation Global Health Innovation Award, London Mayor Innovation Award, Expo 2020 Dubai Innovation Impact Grant $100K and Royal Academy of Engineering £60K. Ideabatic consists of individuals with expertise in cooling, engineering, design, medicine and business from industry, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London.

Ideabatic are working with immunisation and cold-chain experts in the UK, Nigeria and South Africa. The team is building a consortium with industry, health organisations and academia for field tests and accelerate launch. Ideabatic invite you to help reach out to every child however difficult the journey is.


The team

  • Kitty is the founder. She has over 9 years’ experience in cold systems R&D and has 4 years’ experience in product design for low-resource settings.
  • Abellona is Ideabatic’s ambassador and a clinical researcher at Imperial College London. She is involved in many aspects of the business. She has great filming and photography skills and makes Ideabatic’s promotion videos.
  • Emily is a 2nd year design engineering undergraduate student at Imperial College. She is an expert in crowd-funding research, a great designer and is also involved in many aspects of the business.
  • Wei Xiang is a 3rd year chemical engineering undergraduate student at Imperial. He has been involved in data analysis, design and thermal calculations.
  • Arthur is a 4th year aerothermal and aerospace engineering student at Cambridge. He is involved in thermal calculations.
  • Cihat is a PhD student at the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge. He is involved in design and manufacturing.


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