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Century City foundation awards $1.5-million prize to nonprofit that serves poor nations (Updated)

August 20, 2009 | 11:14 am

Pathaward The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, based in Century City, has awarded its $1.5-million 2009 humanitarian prize to PATH, a nonprofit organization that develops technologies to improve the health and lives of people in poor nations.

Among the technologies are vaccine vial monitors, which detect when temperature-sensitive vaccines have been exposed to heat, disposable syringes and pre-filled injection devices that ensure patients receive proper dosages of drugs and vaccines.

PATH, based in Seattle, employs more than 800 scientists, engineers, technical specialists and other workers in 32 offices in 20 countries. The prize will be presented Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C.

-- Martha Groves

Photo: A woman is immunized against tetanus using a syringe provided by PATH, a nonprofit group awarded a $1.5-million humanitarian prize. Credit: UNICEF / Giacomo Pirozzi

[Updated Aug. 25, 3:15 p.m.:  A previous version of this post incorrectly credited another agency for the photograph.]