Applaud Arizona State University Students for Upcycling Freight Containers to Low-Cost Portable Clinics

Target: Gabrielle Palermo, Founder of G3Box and fellow co-founders

Goal: Commend a team of four student entrepreneurs who have devised a business strategy to transform steel shipping containers into transportable medical clinics for developing communities.

Since 2009, Gabrielle Palermo and three of her fellow Arizona State University students have been on the path of invention and innovation for a greater cause. After competing against each other on separate teams on very similar projects involving the upcycling of freight containers for medical uses, the four students were granted a combined amount of $3,500. Palermo, a biomedical engineering major, along with students and co-founders James Tyler, Susanna Young, and John Walters decided to turn their school competition projects into an actual company with an incredible cause.

G3Box, or Generating Global Good in a box, is on a mission to provide better healthcare to citizens of developing communities in both developed or undeveloped parts of the world. This team of ASU student and graduate social entrepreneurs have successfully devised a business plan to take unused steel-shipping containers and transform them into mobile, low-cost medical clinics. Already, the company has specialized in designing four different types of health care units: medical clinics for international and rural healthcare, maternity clinics, emergency disaster aid clinics and standard clinics for buyers who already use these shipping containers. Included in each unit are of course the basic interior design and insulation, as well as a safe electrical system, drinking water accessibility and ventilation systems.

While this for-profit business is still relatively new and in it’s beginning stages, it is easy to see how much difference just one of these medical clinics can make in the lives of men, women and children throughout the world. In areas of Africa where a woman is more likely to die during childbirth than attend and graduate high school, the benefits of a reliable medical clinic are clear. Thank all four members of the G3Box team for their commitment to changing and saving lives around the world with their forward-thinking and innovative designs.


Dear Gabrielle Palermo, founder of G3Box, and fellow co-founders,

I would like to applaud you on the founding of your company, G3box, and your mission to change lives by changing a simple freight container into a life-saving medical clinic. The fact that these four different types of medical clinics are designed to be mobile and affordable will ensure that many developing communities in need all across the world will be provided with adequate health care. In a world where big business rules and the standard goal is to make as much of a profit as possible without much true concern for their customers, G3Box breaks the mold.

Once again, thank you for putting so much time and effort into designing and equipping shipping containers with enough medical supplies, potable water and electrical capabilities to save men, women and children from life-threatening illnesses in impoverished areas. All these capabilities make it possible for the standalone units to operate in small towns where doctors and medical assistance is not always readily available.  So many deaths in places such as Kenya and other third world regions are very preventable with the right course of treatment. With the help of G3Box, those inflicted by sickness and no access to health care can now have the possibility of a positive future.


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