By Gregory Scruggs

In schools across India this week, schoolchildren are eating pasta disguised as rice kernels and boosted with extra nutrients. At a health clinic in Honduras, a nurse is sterilizing medical instruments with chlorine made from an easy-to-use portable kit. In Kenya, thirsty workers will come home from long days on the job and drink water from reliable, low-cost filters.

All of these innovations are aimed at solving the world’s pressing development challenges. And they all were born in an R&D lab in a glassy office building above a high-end furniture store in Seattle. The lab belongs to PATH, a global health powerhouse whose scientists and engineers churn out vaccines, drugs and diagnostic tools aimed at improving the health and livelihoods of the world’s poorest people.


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