State Awards Global Health Grants
Washington state has awarded its two grants to support global health technologies. SIGN, a nonprofit in Richland, WA, and Israel-based CircMedTech each received grants worth $150,000 from the state’s new Global Health Technologies Competitiveness Fund. SIGN, which was profiled by Xconomy in September 2008, has developed technology to help doctors in developing countries properly fix broken bones people suffer in car accidents. CircMedTech is the developer of a device to circumcise newborn babies in a way to reduce the spread of HIV and other infections. The state plans to ask for another round of grant proposals before the end of March, according to a statement from the Washington Global Health Alliance.