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Former Rydal Penrhos pupil comes up with an invention that could potentially save millions of lives
12th September 2016

A former Rydal Penrhos pupils has come up with an invention that could potentially save millions of lives.

Will Broadway, who left the school in 2010, has invented the Isobar; a mobile fridge designed to keep vaccines at the ideal temperature while in transit in developing countries, could save 1.5 million people, according to findings.

Despite this extraordinary achievement, the 22-year-old stated he won’t be trying to get a patent and plans to make no money from the equipment.

Speaking to Newsbeat, the Loughborough University graduate, said:

"I wanted to make something for people who have next to nothing. It should be a basic human right, in my opinion, to have a vaccination.

"I don't think that it should be patented to restrict use. It should be a basic human right, in my opinion, to have a vaccination.

"Medical products have such a big mark up that it's unreasonable for people around the world to purchase these items.

"If it is the best thing available, then it should be out there saving lives."

The creation has won him the annual James Dyson Award, which is open to students across the world who “design something that solves a problem”.

The device maintains a steady two to eight degrees for 30 days. It works by heating ammonia and water to create ammonia vapours, which are then released into its main chamber when cooling is needed.

Acting head Roger McDuff, said:

“This is a truly remarkable achievement and everyone at Rydal Penrhos is extremely proud of Will for all he has accomplished despite his relatively young age.

“To invent something that could have huge implications on people’s lives is extraordinary.”

The former pupil, who now plans to oversee production, stated that there could be potential for the Isobar to be used for “blood donations and organ transplants” while also being used as commercial cooler.

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