TED Fellow Jane Chen has spent years working on health issues in the developing world.

Why you should listen

Jane Chen is the co-founder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise that aims to help the millions of vulnerable babies born every year in developing countries through a low-cost infant warmer. Unlike traditional incubators that cost up to $20,000, the Embrace infant warmer costs around $200. The device requires no electricity, has no moving parts, is portable and is safe and intuitive to use.

Chen received her Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to her graduate studies, Jane was the Program Director of Chi Heng Foundation, a nonprofit organization that sponsors the education of children affected by AIDS in central China. She was also formerly a management consultant at Monitor Group.

In 2009, Chen was a TEDIndia Fellow

What others say

“I have seen firsthand that mothers will do anything they can to save their babies. And yet 450 babies die every hour around the world. In villages where this toll is a reality, it is simply beyond a mother’s means to save her children.” — Jane Chen

Jane Chen’s TED talk

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How Jane Chen built a better baby warmer — and a thriving business

July 18, 2016

In her 2013 TEDWomen Talk, entrepreneur (and TED Fellow) Jane Chen noted that “there are 15 million pre-term and underweight babies born every year around the world, and one of the biggest problems they face is staying warm.” Premature babies can’t properly regulate their body temperatures and need an incubator in order for their organs […]

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A $20,000 contest for smart ideas: 3 videos to inspire your submission

August 10, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJeyWy7jFUk Jessica O. Matthews makes toys, like a soccer ball and jump rope, that generate electricity. Jane Chen invented a portable, low-cost incubator that keeps premature babies warm and saves lives. Erin Bagwell directed a documentary called Dream, Girl that celebrates the drive of female entrepreneurs. When TED asked filmmaker Gilly Barnes to craft video […]

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Mother knows best: Re-making the Embrace baby warmer for moms

December 18, 2013

When Jane Chen and her team arrived in India five years ago, it was with a bold idea. They wanted to develop a simple, affordable solution to a terrible problem: infant mortality. They went to the right place. According to a recent Child Mortality report, produced by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, […]

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