Zack Seward has been on the buzzword beat for a minute now. Before joining the WHYY staff as the innovations reporter in July 2012, he worked at WXXI in Rochester, N.Y., as a reporter for the Innovation Trail, a statewide public radio reporting project. The thing Zack learned upstate: everyone wants a piece of "innovation."
Zack covers the latest in technology, the life sciences, social entrepreneurship, the economy, startups and big pharma. In a nutshell, it's cool ideas both for-profit and for good that are (or aren't) moving the Philadelphia region toward bigger and better.
Zack is from San Francisco and went to college in Chicago. He worked at the PBS NewsHour in Washington, D.C., before attending Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.
Building a better condom grabbed the headlines, but Philadelphia came strong in the latest round of grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Researchers at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University each won $100,000 to make the developing world healthier. All three are now eligible for follow-on grants of up to $1 million.
Penn's project tackles rare tropical diseases;
Jefferson's project is a rabies vaccine/contraceptive for dogs;
Drexel's project builds low-cost tools for subsistence farmers in Thailand.
We'll have a profile of the Drexel project later today. (Update: You can read that story here.)
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