SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded more than 50 $100,000 grants to help develop a greener, next-generation condom.
One of the Grand Challenges Explorations grants went to Arizona State University researcher Shengxi Chen.
According to an Arizona State press release, Chen will use his 18-month grant to make a “more breathable, skin-like condom that mimics the membrane design of living cells to increase pleasure and enhance performance.”
Chen said in the release, “I want to develop a new polymer-based chemistry in which we could coat a condom to modify its surface for optimal performance.”
This is the second Grand Challenges Grant that Chen has received. In 2012, Chen was awarded a grant to design and prepare low-cost ways to help stop the spread of HIV.
Researchers from India and Australia also were awarded grants to build these condoms.
Grand Challenges Explorations is a $100 million initiative funded by the Gates Foundation that was launched in 2008.
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