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Michael Friend


Michael Friend

Michael Friend

Principal Investigator

Intellectual Ventures Laboratory/Global Good

14360 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98007  USA

Telephone:  425.777.9608


Michael is currently a manager of the Thermal Control Group at Intellectual Ventures Laboratory.  The Thermal Control Group has the charter of developing technical solutions to developing world problems where temperature control or heat transfer is a key component.  Past and present projects include;

-:- Arktek: developed for last mile EPI vaccine delivery at 0-8C

-:- Arktek DF: developed for the Ebola vaccine delivery at -60 to -80C

-:- Arktek SDD: solar powered version of the Arktek which can also provide frozen phase change material for outreach vaccinations

-:- Low cost low resource incubator: Enables microbial incubation for disease diagnostics at much lower resource settings than traditionally used

-:- Biogas investigation: improving the gas production of biogas reactors in cooler climates

-:- Milk chilling: developing milk chilling solutions for the small holder farmer

-:-Solar cooking investigation: Characterization and improvement of a high performance parabolic solar cooker

-:- Livestock vaccine logistics investigation: Characterization and improvement of developing world livestock vaccine cold chain

-:- Grain moisture detection: Develop a low cost tool to allow small holder farmers to measure grain water content as a means to reduce post harvest loss.

Michael has over 30 years’ experience in a variety of areas from nuclear fusion, optical sensors, lasers, medical equipment, and aerospace working for a variety of commercial entities from small startups, research organizations, to large multi-national companies.  He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a graduate degree in Biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia.

AGTS 2019

The 8th AGTS will  look to find solutions for the missing pieces of the grain trade puzzle and attempt to come up with an action plan to deliver more and better grain trade on the continent.


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