Jane Chen


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Why we chose Jane as a Fellow

After she quit her management consulting job to work on HIV / AIDS issues in China and Africa, Jane saw stunning healthcare disparities firsthand. She got an MBA and Masters in Public Policy, and co-founded Embrace with a team of engineers to create affordable, life-saving products for mass distribution; she also spent time in India launching Embrace's $100 infant incubator.

20 million premature and low-birth-weight babies are born every year and are at high risk of death or disability because of hypothermia. The solution is a low-cost incubator, as traditional incubators cost up to $20,000 and are scarce in developing countries. Jane was part of a team of design students at Stanford University in 2007 that developed an incubator that costs less than $100, which uses an innovative phase-change material to regulate a baby's temperature. It requires no electricity, has no moving parts, is portable, and is safe and intuitive to use. Jane then co-founded Embrace Labs to make sure the incubator reaches those who need it most.

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