HealthRock and Dr. Mache awarded Gates Foundation Award



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HealthRock, LLC Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant

For Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development


Newton, MAHealthRock LLC announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationMache Seibel, MD will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled ­”Air-Infused Female Condom.”

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges.  Dr Seibel’s project is one of over 50 Grand Challenges Explorations Round 12 grants announced today by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

To receive funding, Mache Seibel, MD and other Grand Challenges Explorations Round 12 winners demonstrated in a two-page online application a bold idea in one of five critical global heath and development topic areas that included agriculture development, behavior change and looking into animal and human health.  Applications for the next Round will be accepted starting September 2014.

Dr. Mache Seibel, MD, OB/Gyn, one of the world’s leading experts on Women’s Health and Menopause, and the President of HealthRock LLC will lead a professional research team toward the optimization and FDA testing of a new Female Condom, called Femex. The key advantages of this US Patented (Leon B. Kassman/Condax Medical Products LLC) Class II medical device, beyond protection from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections are: 1) Femex actively stimulates both partners pleasure-centers during intercourse; 2) Femex may be ‘in place’ for up to 8 hours prior to sexual activity; 3) Femex is designed to be withdrawn with the male.

The ‘silent’ polyurethane Femex condom is positioned using a novel insertion-wand, thereby limiting user contact and assuring easy, accurate, and quick placement. A totally new, self-contained, air-infusion system improves the ‘hold-in-place’ while creating additional gentle friction for both partners. Femex is projected to parallel existing condom cost in the same category.


About Grand Challenges Explorations

Grand Challenges Explorations is a US$100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Launched in 2008, over 950 people in more than 55 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.


HealthRock is a health information, education and research company whose mission is to provide innovative and creative health information, music and research to improve global health and health literacy.


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