Our Story

Ideabatic’s story started in late 2014, when founder Kitty Liao participated in a humanitarian hackathon at CERN and realised that there is a big problem across the world.


Pre-COVID-19, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), each year, 2-3 million children died of a vaccine-preventable disease and 19.9 million had no access to basic vaccinations. Before COVID-19, the WHO reported that globally, 20-50% of vaccines were spoiled but in reality, the spoilage is much worse with one particular remote area reporting an 86% spoilage rate. Our research in remote Nigeria and Madagascar revealed spoilage rates of 100% in some instances. One of the major issues is that the cold-chain in the last few miles of the delivery is broken.  


As a low-temperature system expert, Liao became determined to solve this problem. 

She created SMILE and founded IDEABATIC inspired by the thermodynamic term ‘adiabatic’. Her vision is to help people with innovation in hardware-focused engineering and to encourage scientists and engineers to work on global problems. 

 Inspired by Liao's vision, IDEABATIC has expanded to a team of like-minded individuals from diverse background ranging from low temperature physics, design, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, finance and medicine. 

Ideabatic has won multiple innovation awards and grants since May 2016. We are supported by the Expo 2020 Dubai, the Royal Academy of Engineering, InnovateUK, the Federal Capital Territory Primary Healthcare Board, the Centre for Global Equality and Ikongo District's Department of Public Health in Madagascar.

We welcome talented individuals and collaborators who share the same passion to join the journey to spread SMILE across the world.

Please get in touch. 

Together, we will reach every child however difficult the journey is.