DATA BASE: 1300 Web Pro's Brendan McDonald shows off the new technology called FridgeBrain, which will revolutionise how pharmacies keep vaccines cold.
DATA BASE: 1300 Web Pro's Brendan McDonald shows off the new technology called FridgeBrain, which will revolutionise how pharmacies keep vaccines cold. Tom Gillespie

Toowoomba tech company to revolutionise vaccine industry

A TOOWOOMBA tech company will be able to put its latest creation to the test in a bid to save people from compromised vaccines.

1300 Web Pro will run a trial of its new invention FridgeBrain, which detects issues in pharmacy fridges that hold vaccines in real time, across Australia.

The technology, which has taken the company years to develop, detects issues in temperature, sends alerts out and logs information about the temperature.

1300 Web Pro director Brendan McDonald said the $100,000 trial, funded through the State Government's Ignite Ideas fund, would prove FridgeBrain was essential for pharmacies to prevent them from possibly administering tainted vaccines or having to throw out thousands of dollars in stock.

"FridgeBrain is a vaccine fridge that uses temperature and door-opening sensors to report real-time problems with it and then it uploads them to an online portal," he said.

"It has a couple of advantages - it gives you any real-time issues with the fridge, like the door being left open.

"You get a notification after-hours and then can go online to see what's wrong with the fridge.

"Our technology is making it a lot easier for them to comply with guidelines and take a lot of the risk away from losing vaccines and also the safeguard against vaccines used being compromised."

Vaccines have to be kept between 2ºC and 8ºC.

 

MORE PROMISES: Minister for Innovation Leeanne Enoch speaks in Toowoomba about 1300 Web Pro's FridgeBrain technology.
MORE PROMISES: Minister for Innovation Leeanne Enoch speaks in Toowoomba about 1300 Web Pro's FridgeBrain technology. Tom Gillespie

Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch visited the company yesterday as part of the ALP's election campaign, with the party hoping to win more votes in the marginal Toowoomba North electorate and close the gap on the LNP in Toowoomba South.

Ms Enoch said several Toowoomba small businesses had benefited from government funding to kick-start new projects.

"This is one of 85 ideas that we've supported in this latest round of funding, and this idea is absolutely incredible," she said.


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