Sponsors and Supporting Organizations

The key challenge for us at this Summit—as laid out implicitly by the electorates, patients, and stakeholders we represent—is to grapple in practical terms with how we best integrate these opportunities into our healthcare systems. We cannot stand on the sidelines... Healthcare needs to move from being our greatest modern cost to becoming our greatest modern asset.

William Castell, Chairman, Wellcome Trust

A multi-year dialogue as ambitious as the Pacific Health Summit could not be successful without the support of forward-thinking organizations, foundations, and individuals. Our sponsors and supporting organizations play a vital role in creating this historic opportunity—to bridge borders, traverse new policies, stem disease, and save lives—full partners on an expedition to scale the heights of disease detection and prevention. The Summit is grateful for their financial support and partnership.

Sponsors | Supporting Organizations| Founding Organization | Presenting Organizations

2005 Sponsors

GEGE Healthcare demonstrated its leadership by becoming the first organization to sponsor the Pacific Health Summit and has continued to support the Summit each year. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) employing more than 46,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. GE Healthcare is an integral part of GE’s “healthymagination” vision to help customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, the program will improve the health and competitiveness of GE’s employees and encourages GE Healthcare to partner with healthcare leaders and governments striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems. For more information on healthymagination, please click here.


Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft's global vision enables its diverse workforce to generate innovative ideas and develop new technology. Through these ideas, Microsoft has developed the deep foundation necessary to support the communities that we work and live in each day.

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The Coca-Cola company is the largest nonalcoholic beverage company in the world. Along with Coca-Cola, the Company markets four of the world's top-five soft drinks, including diet Coke, Fanta, and Sprite, and nearly 400 brands and more than 2,100 products worldwide including low- and no-calorie soft drinks, juices and juice drinks, waters, sports and energy drinks, teas, coffees, soy based drinks, and fortified beverages with nutritional benefits. In 2004, the Company established the Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness to advance understanding of role that beverages, and beverage ingredients, can play in nutrition, health, and wellness.

intel Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is committed to the worldwide improvement and accessibility of healthcare. The company’s new Digital Health Group reflects a sharpened focus on solutions for healthcare research, diagnostics and productivity, and personal healthcare. Intel’s research investments address next-generation healthcare challenges ranging from silicon-based, single-molecule detection for improved diagnosis and treatment, to sensor-based technologies to help consumers use medical technology in the home. Intel is collaborating with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on research to apply Intel’s expertise in nanotechnology to develop improved methods of studying, diagnosing and preventing cancer. Intel also works with leading private hospitals and national health organizations around the world to develop and share best practices in implementing innovative IT healthcare solutions.

MerckMerck & Co., Inc. is a global health research company dedicated to improving humanity through treatment identification, prevention and cures of unmapped diseases. As one of the largest pharmaceutical facilities in the world, Merck discovers and produces medicines and vaccines in over 20 remedial categories. Merck is committed to putting patients first and dedicates resources towards reaching remote locations to provide the most advanced health essentials for those in need.

Agilent TechnologiesAgilent Technologies delivers critical tools and technologies that sense, measure and interpret the physical and biological world. A leading supplier of life science research systems, Agilent enables scientists to understand complex biological processes, determine disease mechanisms and speed drug discovery. Agilent’s integrated biology solutions include instrumentation, microfluidics, soft-ware, microarrays, consumables and services for genomic, proteomic and metabolomic applications.

Starr Foundation The Starr Foundation provides financial support for organizations focused on education, medicine and healthcare, human needs, public policy, culture and the environment. The Foundation was established in 1955 by Cornelius Vander Starr, a globalization pioneer who founded AIG in Shanghai in 1919. The Starr Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States with approximately $3.5 billion in assets.

National Cancer InstituteThe National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

FujitsuAffymetrix is dedicated to developing state-of-the-art technology for acquiring, analyzing and managing complex genetic information for use in biomedical research. The company began independent operations in Santa Clara, California in 1993. Affymetrix is a market leader in creating breakthrough tools that are driving the genomic revolution.

Supporting Organizations


Edelman is the world’s largest independent public relations firm with 1,800 employees in 39 offices worldwide. In 2003, The Holmes Group named Edelman “Agency of the Year,” and PRWeek voted its work for CIT “Best Campaign of the Year,” the industry’s most prestigious award for client programming. Edelman offers clients a comprehensive spectrum of communications, including public relations, management consulting, public affairs, research, medical education, and publishing.

National Center for APEC

The National Center for APEC is the official link between the U.S. business community and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation organization, the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. The National Center is a membership-based business association supported by 35 U.S. member firms who are committed to engagement with the APEC process on policies, initiatives, and projects which further APEC’s trade and investment liberalization, trade facilitation, and capacity building goals. APEC is comprised of 21 member economies which account for a combined 47 percent of global trade and over one-third of world population. The National Center for APEC is supporting the Pacific Health Summit by exploring potential synergies between the Summit and the ongoing work of two APEC groups; the Life Science Innovation Forum (LSIF) and the APEC Health Task Force. The Leaders of APEC’s 21 member economies welcomed the launch of the Pacific Health Summit at APEC’s annual summit in November 2004.

Founding Organization

The Russell Family Foundation

The Russell Family Foundation was created as a way for the extended Russell family to make a quiet, positive impact in the community. Founded with part of the proceeds from the sale of the Frank Russell Company to Northwestern Mutual Life in 1999, The Russell Family Foundation seeks to demonstrate integrity, mutual trust, constructive communication, life-long learning and courage in all of its activities.

Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, we focus on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, we seek to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the Foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-Chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Presenting Organizations

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution that conducts advanced research on policy-relevant issues in Asia. It also serves as the global clearinghouse for Asian research conducted by specialists and institutions worldwide. Through these activities NBR is uniquely positioned to promote informed and effective U.S. policy toward the region.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development of lifesaving therapies through biomedical research. The center is recognized for its pioneering and leading-edge research that is focused on eliminating cancer and many other devastating diseases.

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