The world's toughest problems

Solved Through Invention

Inventing For Humanity

Millions of people suffer and die each year in developing countries from causes that humanity has the scientific and technical ability to solve. Global Good is a collaboration between Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures stemming from the vision of Nathan Myhrvold that addresses these challenges.

Global Good is a collaboration between Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures

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Global Good combines IV’s unique invention prowess with the expertise of leading humanitarian organizations, forward-looking governments, research institutions and commercial partners that share our vision. Together we invent, develop and deploy commercially-viable technologies that improve life in low-resource countries.

Reverse
Innovation
Approach

Partner
Approach

Reduced Risk

Global Good helps commercial partners identify business opportunities and make informed licensing decisions with minimized upfront risk or financial investment.

We work with governments, NGOs and academic and research organizations from all over the world, leveraging the full breadth of IV’s invention expertise - including the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory - at the earliest stages of an invention’s lifecycle to make commercialization in the developing world feasible by understanding and reducing technology and market risks.

Reduced Risk

Our Work

Global Good’s technology portfolio teams identify and rank critical challenges, define scientific or technical gaps, develop product strategy, prioritize areas for innovation and funding, and lead translational activities for our inventions.

Global Health

Strengthening primary care and health system independence, the management and elimination of diseases and addressing their underlying causes.

Global Development

Improving agricultural value chains with food production systems and modern precision agriculture. Increasing nutritional value and food security. Better access to water and sanitation for the developing world.

Case Study –
Meet Arktek

Millions of children in the developing world do not have access to life-saving vaccines. More than 20% of vaccines spoil before use simply because they can’t be kept sufficiently cold.

Arktek is a super thermos that keeps vaccines at their proper temperature for more than a month – even in scorching desert heat.

Technology Pipeline

Global Health

  • Discovery

  • Development

  • Field

  • Commercialization

Diagnostics & Screening
High sensitivity malaria rapid diagnostics (P. falciparum)

Field

High sensitivity malaria rapid diagnostics (P. vivax)

Development

High sensitivity TB rapid diagnostic (non-sputum)

Development

Sensitivity-improving lateral flow assay reader

Field

HPV screening oncogenic strains rapid test (NAAT)

Development

Automatic malaria microscopy for drug susceptibility monitoring

Field

Malaria serology

Discovery

Rapid culture (TB & Sepsis)

Discovery

Predictive Assay for Fever Severity

Discovery

Rapid diagnostic for loiasis (L. Loa filiariasis)

Field

Rapid test for water contamination by E. coli

Development

Automated assessment of precancerous cervical lesions

Field

Autoscope - Artificially intelligent microscope

Field

Biometrics & Monitoring
Cardiopulmonary monitoring

Discovery

Drug quality testing system

Development

Non Drug Therapeutics
Pediatric oxygen storage system

Development

Pediatric oxygen conservation mask

Development

Postpartum hemorrhaging neural tourniquet

Discovery

Prevention & Vaccine Delivery
Arktek solar direct drive device

Development

Infant biometric system for electronic medical record

Development

Improved mid-upper arm circumference measurement tape

Field

Vector Control
Mosquito aging surveillance assay

Development

Indoor biting reduction systems

Development

Global Development

  • Discovery

  • Development

  • Field

  • Commercialization

Livestock
CO2 supply for East Coast fever (theileriosis) vaccine logistics

Development

Livestock feed remediation (Aflatoxin)

Discovery

Pump for lifting water from >7m

Discovery

Siting wells

Discovery

General Agriculture
Soil and fertilizer nutrient estimation

Discovery

Fungal detection in soils and fertilizer

Discovery

Special Projects, Commercializations & Spinouts

  • Discovery

  • Development

  • Field

  • Commercialization

Artificial intelligence ultrasound pulmonary assessment

Discovery

MetaFridge vaccine refrigerator

Field

MetaFridge solar direct drive vaccine refrigerator

Development

Extended outreach system

Field

Arktek passive vaccine storage system

Commercialization

Arktek deep freeze passive vaccine device

Commercialization

Artificial insemination cold shield (AI Shield)

Commercialization

Milk transportation system (Mazzi Can)

Commercialization

Photonic Fence – Flying insect surveillance and killing system

Development

Low resources culture incubator

Commercialization

Research
Platforms

Global Good focuses on applied and translational research, leveraging core platforms. Read More

Collaborate
With Us

Global Good’s collaboration model represents an evolution in the philanthropic model, blending measurable commercial value and market-driven impact.

Global Good collaborates with academic and research institutions, NGOs, commercial sector companies, Governments and multilateral organizations to accelerate the translation of impactful technology into wide use.

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Meet Our Team

Global Good is supported by a team of dedicated individuals who draw on a diverse mix of experience across business, government and non-profit organizations. We’re united by the belief that invention holds the power to solve some of humanity’s toughest problems.

Global Good works in partnership with the multidisciplinary team of scientists an engineers at the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory.

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COLLABORATE WITH US

Global Good brings together governments and NGOs, leveraging the full breadth of IV’s invention expertise - including our laboratory, intellectual property and inventor network.

REVERSE INNOVATION APPROACH

Reverse Innovation Approach

Global Good invents affordable, accessible and appropriate technologies that solve the biggest problems in global health and development. First for the people who need it most – the global poor.

Inventions developed to meet the stringent requirements for the most difficult developing world markets are often disruptive enough to transform standards of use and provide benefits everywhere else. We call this reverse innovation.

Through invention and applied and translational science Global Good fills in the key technology gaps in developing countries that improve public health and improve agricultural economies to improve life for millions.

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COMMERICALIZATION PARTNERSHIP APPROACH

Commercialization Partnership Approach

Collaboration partners help us accelerate the development of inventions. And once we prove an invention works, Global Good pursues technology licensing relationships according to Global Access principles with companies that see the long-term market potential of the developing world.

Successful partners view our philanthropic work as a strategic and sustainable enabler of business activity, not only as part of traditional corporate social responsibility. Many have already demonstrated commercial success in these markets with related technology or products.

Following our reverse innovation approach, inventions adopted in low income regions can be re-deployed to other low resource regions in need or even back to higher income markets for profit, creating a market incentive that reinvents philanthropy as a sustainable commercial opportunity.

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