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Behind the Breakthrough: Dr. Grace Huynh

Meet Dr. Grace Huynh, a senior research scientist at the Institute for Disease Modeling, part of Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good initiative. Grace focuses on tuberculosis modeling in close collaboration with international philanthropy organizations and government agencies to find novel solutions to fight some of the world’s toughest diseases. Here are some of her reflections:

Behind the Breakthrough: Dr. Grace Huynh

On the impact of her research:

“At the Institute for Disease Modeling, we support policymaking in everything from TB to HIV, malaria, and polio. Our ideas help develop new statistical modeling to monitor how infections and rates of infection change over time.”

“Our research creates opportunities to deliver targeted therapies on an individual level, but also improves healthcare broadly. Healthcare is not the same for everyone, and not all interventions are effective in all countries. One country’s population might need radically different delivery systems than another. So [the Institute for Disease Modeling] works to determine the best solutions by analyzing the entire healthcare ecosystem.”

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Milestones Met for Vaccine Logistics

2015 brings two early and notable milestones for the Global Good and Intellectual Ventures Laboratory teams’ work to commercialize a passive vaccine storage device: a stamp of approval from the World Health Organization and branding transition to our manufacturing partner in China, AUCMA.

Milestones Met for Vaccine Logistics

Despite immunizations being one of the greatest success stories in modern medicine, one in five children worldwide are still not fully protected with even the most basic vaccines. As a result, an estimated 1.5 million children die each year—one every 20 seconds—from vaccine-preventable diseases such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. Tens of thousands of other children suffer from severe or permanently disabling illnesses. [Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] 

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Global Good & GE Partner on Malaria Diagnostics

The key premise behind Global Good’s work is the concept of “catalytic invention.” Based on the idea that the world has the tools and inventiveness needed to solve some of humanity’s toughest problems, much of that potential remains locked behind technology or market barriers. Our focus is on developing inventions that can help address these barriers and catalyze markets that are sustainable for the long term.

Global Good & GE Partner on Malaria Diagnostics

To do so, we rely heavily on a coalition of commercial, NGO, and government partners with the complementary skillsets needed to translate our inventions into impact. An invention, we believe, is only as good as the life it improves.  

But if there’s any company in the world that knows about the life and market-altering power of invention, it is GE. And we’re thrilled to now call them a partner of Global Good. Today’s GE Report profiles the work Global Good, GE Ventures, and the GE Global Research Center will pursue on an affordable test platform that can be deployed anywhere and detect hidden cases of malaria that the conventional tests do not catch.

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A Cool Way to Combat Ebola

Healthcare professionals who are treating Ebola patients protect themselves from virus exposure by wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including double-layer gloves, coveralls, and boots. Imagine what that must feel like to those who are on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa’s hot temperatures. Changing equipment offers brief relief, but it’s a lengthy process and potentially puts workers at risk of infection each time their skin is exposed.

A Cool Way to Combat Ebola

Ebola virions (PLos Biology, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0030403.g001)

In an effort to make PPEs more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time – and to keep the risk of exposure at bay – Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good program is partnering with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to identify and evaluate rapidly deployable personal microclimate cooling solutions that can be worn underneath existing PPE.

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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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