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.

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2006 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.

FujitsuFujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused information technology and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position us to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for our customers’ success. In the healthcare field, Fujitsu is a leading company in Japan, Europe, and other countries providing healthcare IT solutions, such as electronic medical records (EMR) and healthcare networks that enable local, regional, and national collaboration among medical institutions, healthcare providers, doctors, and patients.

Pfizer As one of the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, Pfizer applies science and global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. Pfizer strives to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacturing of medicines for people and animals. The company’s diversified global health care portfolio includes human and animal biologic and small molecule medicines and vaccines, as well as nutritional products and many of the world's best-known consumer products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time.

Amgen Amgen discovers, develops, and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives.

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.

RocheHeadquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups in the fields of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. As a supplier of innovative products and services for the early detection, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Roche contributes on a broad range of fronts to improving people’s health and quality of life.

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.

GSKGlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better, and live longer. GSK is one of the few pharmaceutical companies researching both medicines and vaccines for WHO's three priority diseases - HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and is proud to have developed some of the leading global medicines in these fields. Headquartered in the UK with offices in over 100 countries and major research centers in the UK, USA, Belgium, and China, GSK represents an estimated five percent of the world's pharmaceutical market. But being a leader brings responsibility. GSK believes that it must help developing countries where debilitating disease affects millions of people and access to life-changing medicines and vaccines is a problem. To meet this challenge, GSK is committed to providing discounted medicines where they are needed the most. GSK also produces medicines that treat major disease areas such as asthma, virus control, infections, mental health, diabetes, and digestive conditions. In addition, GSK is a leader in the area of vaccines and is developing new treatments for cancer.

Virginia Mason

Virginia Mason is a private, not-for-profit organization that includes a teaching hospital licensed for 336 beds in Seattle and a network of primary and specialty care clinics in western Washington. The organization’s vision is to be the Quality Leader in health care. Virginia Mason’s concept of quality is all-encompassing. It includes hiring the finest physicians and staff, achieving the best clinical outcomes, and providing unsurpassed service for patients and their families. Virginia Mason is at the forefront of medical treatment and research with programs such as The Heart Institute, Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute, Center for Hyperbaric Medicine, Bailey-Boushay House, and Benaroya Research Institute.

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Swedish Medical Center is the largest, most comprehensive, nonprofit health-care provider in Seattle. Swedish is comprised of four hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard and Edmonds), a new community-based emergency room and specialty center in Issaquah, Redmond and Mill Creek, Swedish Home Care Services and Swedish Physicians' a network of 12 primary-care clinics. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiac care, oncology, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, neurological care, sleep medicine, pediatrics, organ transplantation, and clinical research. Swedish has also taken a leadership role in providing community health delivery innovations, including a Medical Home on its Ballard campus and a community specialty clinic at First Hill.


Miraca Holdings Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, provides a wide variety of diagnostic products and over 4,000 clinical testing services through its affiliated companies, including Fujirebio Inc., Fujirebio Diagnostics Inc. (Pennsylvania, U.S., formerly Centocor Diagnostics), and SRL, Inc. With its primary focus on developing, manufacturing, and marketing of in vitro diagnostics, medical devices and testing services, Miraca Holdings is and will be committed to global healthcare.

Canary Foundation

Canary Foundation is working to advance early detection of cancer when it is most treatable and chances for full recovery are greatest. Global cancer rates could increase by 50% to 5 million new cases in the year 2020, according to the World Cancer Report. The best chance to reduce these numbers is through prevention, early detection, and early intervention. By funding technologies and research specific to cancer early detection, and with an emphasis on cross-technology and cross- institutional and international collaboration, Canary is helping speed development of “biomarkers” that can detect the presence of cancers at their very earliest stages. One day, screening for cancer will become as common as tests for cholesterol, and most cancers will be detected early and eliminated.

Supporting Organizations

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.


McKinsey & Company is a management consulting firm that helps leading corporations and organizations make distinctive, lasting and substantial improvements in their performance. Over the past eight decades, the firm’s primary objective has remained constant: to serve as an organization’s most trusted external advisor on critical issues facing senior management.


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.


Quilogy is a Gold-Certified partner of Microsoft’s with a focus on emerging technologies. With headquarters in St. Charles, Missouri, and 14 regional offices in the United States, Quilogy provides project centric systems integration and has been designated a national partner in Microsoft’s Collaborative Health Initiative. Quilogy has practices focused on Application Development and Infrastructure, Business Intelligence & Integration, ERP & CRM, Learning & Interactive, and Portals & Office System. Quilogy is now part of Aspect.

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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