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Behind the Breakthrough: Manan Shukla on AI Shield

Last year, Behind the Breakthrough profiled Manan Shukla, an associate commercialization lead at Global Good who was born in a small village in India and raised and educated in the United States. Manan has traveled extensively in some of the most impoverished regions in the world, working with farmers to understand the problems they’re facing and what technologies could help. 

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The Women of Behind the Breakthrough: Retrospective

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, we’re featuring key insights from some of the amazing women of our Behind the Breakthrough series. Read on for their inspirations, lessons for leaders, wisdom for young people and more…

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Behind the Breakthrough: Courosh Mehanian

For our Behind the Breakthrough this week, we’re profiling Courosh Mehanian, a Principal Research Scientist at Global Good and the Intellectual Ventures Lab. Courosh is a computer vision scientist with a background in physics and a love for learning about biology and medicine. 

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Behind the Breakthrough Answers: The Influence of Mentors

At Intellectual Ventures, we’ve talked extensively about the importance of mentors. From Nathan Myhrvold’s relationship with Steven Hawking to Adriane Brown’s encouragement of mentorship for students everywhere, engaging with role models can unlock incredible opportunities for personal and career growth.

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Behind the Breakthrough Answers: “What are the biggest challenges of invention?” (Part Two)

Last month, we profiled some of the answers our Behind the Breakthrough participants gave about the biggest challenges of invention. The takeaway? Creating useful, usable inventions isn’t exactly straightforward, but hard work and focus goes a very long way. This month, we’re picking up where we left off. On this Behind the Breakthrough, the second of a two-part series, three more of our Behind the Breakthrough participants discuss the various challenges of invention, and their ideas for effectively overcoming them.

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Behind the Breakthrough Answers: “What are the biggest challenges of invention?” (Part One)

The process of invention is often defined by a simple rule: trial and error. In fact, developing a successful invention can be a product of many failures. This determination, even in the face of numerous setbacks, is part of what makes inventors so inspiring. On this Behind the Breakthrough, the first-half of a two-part series, we’re reflecting on what our participants described as the biggest challenges of invention, and how to effectively overcome them:  

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Behind the Breakthrough: Mark Newell

Mark Newell’s work improves lives. As a portfolio deputy director with Global Good, he focuses on boosting agricultural productivity in some of the lowest resource areas on the planet. With a background in sustainable business and energy, as well as product consulting, Mark has a unique ability to study a challenge, detect the gaps, and identify potential solutions that will be useful and usable for those who need them most. 

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Behind the Breakthrough – Christy Barwick

For this week’s Behind the Breakthrough, we’re profiling Christy Barwick, treasurer at Intellectual Ventures. Christy led the team that recently received the Treasury Today’s Adam Smith Award for Best Financing Solution. Her work is expanding the market for invention, turning ideas into innovations. 

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Behind the Breakthrough Answers: “What advice would you give to young inventors?”

Since our Behind the Breakthrough series began, we’ve profiled 14 innovative thinkers, scientists, and, of course, inventors. While each individual told a unique and compelling story, we’ve identified some common links between them. On this Behind the Breakthrough – the start of a new journey for the series – we’re featuring the inventors and thinkers who gave advice to young inventors and innovators about tapping into their full potential and positively transforming society. Here’s a recap of their advice:  

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Behind the Breakthrough: Dhileep Sivam

On this week’s Behind the Breakthrough, we’re profiling Dhileep Sivam, a Senior Manager of Special Programs at IV. Dhileep’s held a number of roles at IV since he joined in 2011, but right how he works directly with IV CEO Nathan Myhrvold on paleontology, asteroid detection, mathematical modeling, and more. Here are some of his reflections:

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Behind the Breakthrough: Anna Bershteyn

This week’s behind the breakthrough profiles Anna Bershteyn, a senior research manager at IV’s Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM), a division of Global Good. Anna was born in Kiev, Ukraine and immigrated to the United States in 1989. She attended MIT, where she completed her bachelor’s and PhD in materials science and engineering before joining IDM in 2010.

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Behind the Breakthrough: Manan Shukla

This week’s Behind the Breakthrough profiles Manan Shukla, an associate commercialization lead at Global Good. Manan was born in a small village in India and was raised and educated in the United States. He draws on his early years in India as he travels throughout Africa to speak with farmers and improve the products designed for them.

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Behind the Breakthrough: Deb Peat

This week’s Behind the Breakthrough features Deb Peat, an adventurous and talented program manager at IV. Deb’s extensive background in marine geophysics and remote sensing has taken her to all corners of the planet. Her impressive credentials include partnering with a spinout from the University of Hawaii to help the telecommunications industry map the numerous fiber optic cables across the sea floor. Deb’s experiences allow her to work with both inventors and the management team to drive the next breakthroughs.

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Behind the Breakthrough: Dr. David Bell

This week’s Behind the Breakthrough profiles Dr. David Bell, IV’s Portfolio Lead in Global Health Technology. Dr. Bell is a public health physician with global experience. Born and educated in Australia, he has worked at various organizations in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Europe, including the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. His research experience and interest in technology development gives him a unique understanding of potential solutions for the most pressing public health challenges.  

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Behind the Breakthrough: Phyllis Turner-Brim

This week’s Behind the Breakthrough features IV’s outstanding Chief IP Counsel and Vice President, Phyllis Turner-Brim. Phyllis’s wealth of experience in product development and intellectual property law gives her a thorough understanding of the major issues facing inventors and innovators all over the world. As a notable figure and expert in patent law, Phyllis often speaks at conferences across the country on topics ranging from leadership to the future of patent licensing. At IV, her work is integral to bringing breakthroughs to fruition.

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Behind the Breakthrough: Dr. Michael Manion

This week on Behind the Breakthrough, we’re profiling Dr. Michael Manion, the director of Keon Research, a company dedicated to creating exciting and valuable inventions. Dr. Manion also serves as an Inventor & Portfolio Investment Manager at IV, where he is a consultant to the Invention Development Fund.

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Behind the Breakthrough: Pat Pataranutaporn

This week on Behind the Breakthrough, we’re profiling Pat Pataranutaporn. When he’s not creating computer control system software and interactive research interfaces, he studies biological sciences at Arizona State University, where he also serves as a researcher at the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology.

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Behind the Breakthrough: Dr. David Paranchych

This week on Behind the Breakthrough, we’re profiling Dr. David Paranchych, Engineering Director at IV and expert in the field of cellular wireless communication. His background in electrical and computer engineering helped him invent an improvement for a power control algorithm in early CDMA cellular networks. Later, Dr. Paranchych was a representative to the standards committee that ultimately created LTE – a staple of the modern wireless landscape.

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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:

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Behind the Breakthrough: Jake Russell

This week on Behind the Breakthrough, we’re profiling Jake Russell, a member of Intellectual Ventures’ Invention Development Fund. While he usually focuses on software development and innovative computer algorithms, he also applies the process of invention to his passion for cars and racing.

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