Embrace (non-profit)

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Non-profit organization
Industry Health Care
Founded 2008
Key people
Website www.embraceglobal.org

Embrace is a non profit organization providing low-cost incubators to prevent neonatal deaths in rural areas in developing countries.[1] The organization was developed in 2008 during the multidisciplinary Entrepreneurial Design For Extreme Affordability course at Stanford University by group members Jane Chen, Linus Liang, Rahul Panicker, Razmig Hovaghimian, and Naganand Murty.[2][3]


The Embrace infant warmer is a low-cost solution that maintains premature and low-birth-weight babies’ body temperature. The infant warmer is portable, safe, reusable, and requires only intermittent access to electricity.[4] Each baby warmer is priced at approximately $25.[5][6] The Embrace development team won the fellowship at the Echoing Green competition in 2008 for this concept.[7][8] Embrace also won the 2007-2008 Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students Social E-Challenge competition grand prize.[citation needed] At a ceremony at BAFTA in London on December 3rd 2013 Jane Chen, Linus Liang, Naganand Murty and Rahul Panicker won an innovation award from the Economist.[9]


  1. ^ "Entrepreneurial Design For Extreme Affordability". Stanford Institute of Design. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Big Ideas, little packages". National Geographic. 
  3. ^ Lee, Ellen (2010-11-12). "Embrace may keep babies warm - and alive". SFGate. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Sibley, Lisa (2008-04-18). "Stanford startup's $25 'sleeping bag' could save newborns". Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  5. ^ Kannani, Rahim (2010-05-26). "Investing in Women and Girls: A Focus on Health, Advocacy and Innovation". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Moore, Thomas. "Low tech body warmer is a baby life saver". Sky News. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "ThinkChange India: Extreme Affordability". 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  8. ^ "Jane Chen and Rahul Panicker". Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  9. ^ "Technology Quarterly Q4 2013: And the winners are". The Economist. 2013-11-30. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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