Global Health

Discover Profit Opportunities in Global Health

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Seattle is quickly becoming a world center for global health. Funding by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has accelerated existing efforts to eradicate complex and entrenched global health inadequacies. This newly evolving framework emphasizes collaboration of non-profit and for-profit organizations, researchers, drug companies and service providers. The new business models target profitable, sustainable end-to-end solutions in technology, delivery and service infrastructure, as well as health and wellness. Learn more about these truly novel opportunities that are both numerous and varied and how they can be acted upon by the entrepreneur. 

Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest and the Harvard Business School Club of Puget Sound at a dinner program on Wednesday, February 21st as we engage global health leaders in a discussion about emerging directions, business models and entrepreneurial opportunities.  

Dr. Jack Faris
, President, Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association

Erik Iverson, Associate General Counsel, Gates Foundation
Dr. Jacqueline Sherris, Program Leader, Reproductive Health, PATH
Craig Nakagawa, COO, Village Reach
Dr. Ann Marie Kimball, Professor and Director, APEC EINET, University of Washington



Jack Faris, Ph.D., President, WBBA
Jack Faris has been president of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA) since February of 2005.
Dr. Faris earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He was an associate professor with tenure at Towson University in Maryland until returning to Seattle in 1985 to join advertising agency Cole & Weber in 1985. He was team leader for the Boeing advertising account for 12 years and was executive vice president and general manager of the agency. In 1999 he became director of community strategies for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and participated in the launch of the foundation's global health initiatives. In 2000 Dr. Faris was appointed vice president for University Relations at the University of Washington, a position he held until January 2005. That February, he was named president of WBBA.
Dr. Faris also serves on the executive committees of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance for Education, and the Seattle Public Library Foundation. He is board chair of the Urban Enterprise Center, a member of the steering committee for the Initiative for Global Development and serves on the boards of United Way of King County and IslandWood.
As the president of WBBA, Dr. Faris is working with leaders across Washington to create a statewide bioscience strategy that will contribute to better health for people everywhere.


Erik H. Iverson, Associate General Counsel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Erik H. Iverson is an Associate General Counsel at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working exclusively within the Foundation's Global Health Program to assist in the review of grant proposals to evaluate the potential intellectual property, operational and product maturation concerns.  Mr. Iverson works closely with Foundation staff and grantees in the development of intellectual property management plans, collaboration agreements and "global access" strategies with respect to the intended health solution that is being funded by the Foundation.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Iverson was an attorney at the Seattle based law firm of Perkins Coie LLP where his practice focused on the representation of life science companies in the negotiation of financing transactions, as well as joint venture, research collaboration, licensing, and manufacturing agreements.  Mr. Iverson received his JD from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1994 and his Masters of Law (LLM) in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1995.

Jacqueline Sherris, Ph.D., Program Leader, Reproductive Health, PATH
Dr. Sherris oversees PATH's reproductive health activities, helps guide organization-wide program strategy, and represents PATH nationally and internationally. She has more than 20 years of experience in public health.

Over the past six years, Dr. Sherris has led and expanded PATH's cervical cancer prevention work, including efforts to increase access to HPV vaccines in developing countries. Other areas of reproductive health work that have grown under her leadership include contraceptive supply security, pharmacists and reproductive health, technologies and interventions for women dealing with the consequences of unprotected sex, and integration of family planning and HIV and AIDS services.

Before joining PATH, Dr. Sherris coordinated the University of Washington's Academic Programs for Teachers and was a staff associate with the Population Information Program at The Johns Hopkins University, where she authored several issues of Populations Reports.

A frequent author on reproductive health topics and cervical cancer prevention in the developing world, she is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington's School of Public Health and Community Medicine and now serves on the External Advisory Board of that school. Dr. Sherris received her MS in biology and her PhD in science education from Purdue University.

Craig Nakagawa, Chief Operating Officer, Village Reach
Craig began his career in global health and economic development at the investment bank Lehman Brothers, where he was a member of the firm's global pharmaceuticals practice. From Lehman Brothers in Tokyo, Craig focused primarily on Japanese pharma companies, but also covered drug, food, and nutrition companies throughout Asia.

Craig's investment banking experience centered on fundamental company analysis, corporate finance, and derivative finance. In 1999, Craig joined Teledesic, a global satellite venture started by Craig McCaw and Bill Gates, to bridge the digital divide by enabling broadband communications anywhere in the world. Beyond his daytime duties of strategy and corporate development at Teledesic, Craig helped his colleague Blaise Judja-Sato with his vision of bringing essential health services to the poor in Africa and beyond. Blaise later founded VillageReach in 2000, and Craig joined him in 2001.

As VillageReach's Chief Operating Officer, Craig has grown the organization from a venture of two people in Seattle to an organization of 40 with seven offices in three countries. Craig has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Ann Marie Kimball MD, MPH, FACPM
Dr. Kimball is Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine and Director of the APEC Asia Pacific Emerging Infections Network. She is an adjunct professor in Medicine with the School of Medicine and she is an attending Physician on staff at Harborview Medical Center. Her research interests are in Emerging Infections and global epidemic, prevention, surveillance, investigation and control of infectious diseases. In 2000 she was named as a New Century Scholar for Fulbright, and in 2004 she received a Guggenheim Foundation scholar award for her work. She has recently published her book "Risky Trade Infectious Disease in the Era of Global Trade"   She has worked extensively in the areas of Trade policy and disease control, and telecommunications and disease surveillance and alert systems. Formerly Dr. Kimball served as Regional Advisor, head of national program support for HIV/AIDS with the Pan American Health Organization (WHO).  She has also served as Director of the Washington State HIV/AIDS/STD Program with the state Department of Health, and as Chair of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors in the United States.

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