Our mission is to provide unique, pleasurable products that people enjoy using to increase consistent consumer uptake. Our unique, pleasure-oriented innovations may soon reshape the future landscape of the old rolled condom industry on a global scale.
Rolled condoms were first introduced around 1902, just a year before the Wright Brothers' first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, NC. Airplane technology has advanced us to landing on the moon and Mars while the rolled condom has essentially remained the same.
Today, over 100 years later, condom technology has now advanced with radically re-designed ideas, new materials, and significant functional changes for the 21st century. Three patented condom innovations began US clinical research with funding from the National institutes of Allergies and Infectious Disease, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recognizes that solving our greatest global health issues is a long-term effort. Through Grand Challenges in Global Health, the Foundation is committed to seeking out and rewarding not only established researchers in science and technology, but also young investigators, entrepreneurs and innovators to help expand the pipeline of ideas to fight diseases that claim millions of lives each year. Additional grants are being awarded through Grand Challenges in Global Health and new challenges are being defined.
Grand Challenges Explorations fosters creative projects that show great promise to improve the health of people in the developing world. Grants target an expanding set of global health topics, and there are two award rounds per year. Projects with demonstrated success in their initial phase of research have the opportunity to receive Phase II funding of up to $1 million.
On June 3, 2014, 52 researchers were awarded new Grand Challenges Explorations grants. Read more about these below. In addition, 3 Explorations projects were awarded Phase II funding. To read more about these new Phase II grants, select "Phase II" in the Grant Phase drop-down menu, while showing all topics and all rounds.
Non-Gender Specific Internal Condom
Daniel Resnic, Origami Healthcare Products, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Topic: Develop the Next Generation of Condom
Round 12 – June 2014
Daniel Resnic and colleagues of ORIGAMI Healthcare Products, Inc. will refine their internal condom, which is made of soft, pliant material and designed to improve pleasure and safety for both vaginal and anal intercourse, to test it in a small, randomized crossover controlled trial. Classical condoms made of latex or polyurethane are designed primarily for functionality and have not been approved for anal intercourse, which is a major mode of HIV transmission. ORIGAMI is an attractive alternative material for a contraceptive as it is non-allergenic, strong, highly stretchable, lacks taste and odor, and has antimicrobial properties. The internal condom will be easy to use and is designed to mimic human mucosal tissue to make it more pleasurable.
Danny Resnic is the inventor of the ORIGAMI™ condoms. He heads the company's research and development division and serves as Principal Investigator of its clinical research. His determination and commitment to reinvent the condom into a user-friendly and pleasurable device have been internationally recognized among researchers and in international media. Danny studied design at the Art Center College of Design (CA).
"I am grateful for the support from the epidemiology research community and the NIH, without whom these innovations would not be possible. My wholehearted thanks to the media for covering the company's innovations." -Danny Resnic