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MEET Italy | Maurizio Vecchione on The Power of Developing World Technology: Reverse Innovation



MEET Italy | Maurizio Vecchione on The Power of Developing World Technology: Reverse Innovation

Meet inventor and entrepreneur Maurizio Vecchione, for a inspiring discussion about innovation and new processes to improve the world. Maurizio will tell us about his experience at the Global Good Fund, an entity funded by Bill Gates and focused on inventing technology to solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges.

We might be in the middle of a new revolution centered on scientific and technological innovation, from a direction no one is thinking about; Could it be that innovation will drive new models of progress, not in the usual places that we have come to expect as innovation hubs, but rather from the developing world. Could it be that the bottom three Billion people are going to adopt and drive innovation faster than we are, to ultimately move themselves out of poverty and accelerate their progress? Is a form of reverse innovation going to flip the equation where today’s poor are tomorrows changemakers? New models for scientific research, product development could emerge, that could cause leap frog of current standards, and disrupt markets. This could also impact research priorities and how translational science is conducted across a variety of systems. It is possible that innovation sprouting to resolve developing world problems will also solve global problems and evolve modern science in new ways. This reverse could be creating an immense opportunity to innovate with population scale impacts. We will share case studies and best practices from the front lines of Global Health and Global Development and its innovation ecosystem and discuss reverse innovation in all of its dimension.



Maurizio Vecchione is the Executive Vice President of the Global Good & Research group at Intellectual Ventures where he oversees the integrated efforts of the Global Good Fund, the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory, and the Institute for Disease Modeling.

The Global Good Fund is IV’s collaboration with Bill Gates that invents and deploys technologies to improve life for the world’s neediest populations. The organization works in global health to improve the diagnosis and prevention of some of the world’s most menacing diseases—often applying data-driven analysis from the Institute for Disease Modeling—and also works in global development, seeking to increase farm productivity and food security for smallholder farm families in low-income nations. Research and development is provided by the multi-disciplinary IV Laboratory in cooperation with partner institutions worldwide.

With more than 30 years of industry experience in technology and life sciences, Mr. Vecchione has helped build nine startups and launch more than 50 commercial products spanning health technologies and therapeutics as well as telecommunications, information systems, and material sciences. He most recently served as CEO of Arrogene, commercializing a nanotechnology platform for cancer therapeutics and diagnostics, and was CEO of telemedicine pioneer CompuMed.

Mr. Vecchione is an editorial advisory board member for IEEE Spectrum magazine. He’s also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the Leadership Council for UW Medicine/UW School of Public Health Department of Global Health. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation, which promotes collaboration between North American researchers and Italian Academic and Government institutions.

As an inventor himself, Mr. Vecchione is named on multiple U.S. patents and patent applications related to imaging, image processing, nano-bio-polymers, and telecommunications. He is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Computing Machinery Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.




MEET Italy is a network for Italian-American and Italian executives engaged in the fields of Media, Entertainment, Economy, and Technology, also open to local representatives.


Date: Thursday, March 07, 2019

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles and Meet Italy

In collaboration with : ISSNAF and Silicon Valley Italian Executive Council (SVIEC)

Entrance : Free


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