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Global Leaders Chart the Future

The Boao Forum for Asia came to North America for the first time this year, and Seattle proudly hosted what’s become a prestigious gathering of the brightest minds in government, business, and academia.

Global Leaders Chart the Future

This year’s conference focused on issues surrounding energy, resource management, and sustainable development. IV has long recognized the increasing innovation powerhouse that is Asia and welcomed the opportunity to participate in conversations on everything from the future of global health to intelligent cities.

The following is a brief overview of IV’s participation and represents the diverse idea creators and decision makers we work with who are passionate about participating in a truly international dialogue.

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Building Mazzi

In developing countries, the smallholder farmers who rely on milk for subsistence and, in many cases, income, frequently lose milk to spillage and spoilage when they’re transporting their milk from the farm to collection points and chilling stations.  

Building Mazzi

At the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting today in New York, Nestlé announced their partnership with Global Good to increase the agricultural productivity of smallholder dairy farmers in East Africa.The aim of the partnership is to conduct field research in East Africa and distribute Mazzi, the milking & transportation system developed by the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory and Global Good, among dairy farms that need them most over the next two years.

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IV @ Quartz Next Billion

Last week, Seattle was lucky to host Quartz’s second annual Next Billion forum, an event that asked its audience, speakers and editors to examine the impact an expected doubling of the internet-connected population over the next five years will have on business, society and policy.      

IV @ Quartz Next Billion

IV’s very own Maurizio Vecchione, the senior VP of Global Good & Research, joined the conversation with Quartz tech editor, Dan Frommer, to discuss the power of disruptive invention for not just one billion, but an estimated three billion people, who are among the poorest populations on earth. 

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Global Good Signs First Commercialization Agreement

Global Good announced today that we have partnered with AUCMA—a leading refrigeration company—to manufacture and distribute our vaccine storage invention in the developing world. This is the first such agreement for Global Good and, as my colleague Geoff Deane notes, this accomplishment marks a significant milestone for a project that began more than four years ago with the goal to help lifesaving vaccines reach children in developing countries. Thanks in large part to those years of dedication and ingenuity at IV Lab, we are now one step closer to realizing that goal.

Global Good Signs First Commercialization Agreement

Beyond the technical accomplishments involved, the agreement is also a significant milestone in Global Good’s growth as an organization. We measure success by lives improved in developing countries, not by profit. Because of this, we rely on a coalition of commercial, NGO, and government partners with the complementary skillsets needed to translate our inventions into impact. For commercial partners like AUCMA, collaboration with Global Good offers access to technology and capabilities that strengthen their business. For us, agreements like these ensure our inventions find their way to those who need them most and, equally important, catalyze innovation and social impact that goes well beyond our own work.  

This concept of “catalytic invention” is an important piece of Global Good’s long-term vision. We believe that the world has the tools and inventiveness needed to solve some of humanity’s toughest problems, but much of that potential remains locked behind technology or market barriers. Our focus is on finding opportunities where invention can help address these barriers and open the floodgates for the world’s full inventive power to reach developing countries. It’s much like finding the one domino among a broader pattern that, when tipped, triggers a reaction that’s far greater than any one piece on its own.

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