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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2008 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

sanofipasteur Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group, provided more than 1.6 billion doses of vaccines in 2008, making it possible to immunize more than 500 million people across the globe. A world leader in the vaccine industry, Sanofi Pasteur offers the broadest range of vaccines protecting against 20 infectious diseases. The company's heritage, to create vaccines that protect life, dates back more than a century. Sanofi Pasteur is the largest company entirely dedicated to vaccines. Every day, the company invests more than 1 million Euros in research and development.

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.

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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.


PepsiCo is one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies. Its principal businesses include: Frito-Lay snacks, Pepsi-Cola beverages, Gatorade sports drinks, Tropicana juices, and Quaker foods. PepsiCo’s commitment to sustainable growth, defined as Performance with Purpose, is focused on generating healthy financial returns while giving back to communities the Company serves. This includes meeting consumer needs for a spectrum of convenient foods and beverages, reducing the Company’s impact on the environment through water, energy, and packaging initiatives, and supporting its employees through a diverse and inclusive culture. In 2007 we made great progress toward human sustainability by reformulating some of our existing products to improve their nutritional profile, launching new products that reflect consumer demand for healthier, nutritious snacks and beverages, partnering with governments, health officials, and nongovernmental organizations to help address obesity concerns and continuing to grow our portfolio of smart spot eligible products.


HP is a global technology solutions provider delivering IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. HP’s Business Technology for Health and Life Sciences helps organizations across the value chain deploy systems that improve business and health outcomes through the capture, management, and integration of information related to bioscience innovation, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, and patient data. Our extensive portfolio of products, solutions, services, and partnerships enable health and life science organizations to lower costs, speed innovation into practice, function more efficiently, and improve the quality of care.

AbbottAbbott Nutrition develops and markets a wide range of science-based infant formulas, medical nutritionals, nutrition and energy bars, and related products to support the growth, health and wellness of people of all ages. Abbott Nutrition’s internationally recognized brands include the Similac brand of infant formulas; the Gain® brand of growing-up milks for older babies and toddlers; the PediaSure® brand of nutritionals and snacks for children; and the Ensure® brand of adult nutritionals. Additionally, Abbott Nutrition is a leader in medical foods clinically shown to address the distinct dietary needs of people with serious health conditions or special nutrient requirements, such as the Glucerna® brand of nutrition shakes and bars for people with diabetes. Abbott Nutrition also offers specialized nutrition products to meet the unique needs of competitive athletes.

Abbott ( NYSE: ABT) is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs more than 68,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

ZGFZGF is an internationally recognized architecture, planning, and interior design firm with over 450 personnel and offices in Seattle, Portland, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. The firm has received over 300 design awards, including the Architecture Firm Award, the highest accolade given to a firm by the American Institute of Architects. As a leading designer of a broad range of facilities, including healthcare and medical research, ZGF is passionate about creating buildings that provide the best possible healing environments for patients and their families, achieve operational efficiencies enabling the highest level of medical care, and inspire cutting-edge medical research and discoveries. This includes projects across the United States and internationally (Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, Middle East). Clients include Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, The Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, University of California, and Duke University, among others. Recent work internationally includes the Beijing FuWai Hospital of Cardiovascular Disease and Beijing Children’s Hospital Leukemia Center in China, and Weill Cornell Medical College Vivarium in Doha, Qatar.

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.


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.

Duke Medicine

Encompassing the Duke University Health System, Duke University School of Medicine, and Duke University School of Nursing, Duke Medicine represents the combination of biomedical research, clinical care, and education that takes place through the efforts of thousands of faculty, staff, students, and trainees at sites throughout the Southeast and worldwide. As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Medicine strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

Tufts University

Founded in 1964, Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy’s mission is to improve the nutritional well-being of people worldwide through the creation of new knowledge, the application and dissemination of evidence-based information and the education and training of future leaders in the field. This mission is fulfilled by bringing together experts from the areas of clinical nutrition, social and public policy, and biomedicine. Faculty at the school include anthropologists, biomedical scientists, economists, epidemiologists, nutritionists, physicians, political scientists and psychologists who focus on a myriad of issues with the common thread of nutrition and its role in fostering the growth and development of human populations. The School’s curriculum, research, applied programs and internships provide its students with the opportunity to make significant contributions to the nutrition and health of all populations.

For three decades, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University has studied the relationship between nutrition and health in aging populations. Tufts research scientists work with federal agencies to establish the USDA Dietary Guidelines, the Dietary Reference Intakes, and other significant public policies.

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.

Health Policy Institute, Japan

Health Policy Institute, Japan is an independent think-tank that addresses the most pertinent health policy issues facing Japan and the world. The Institute’s annual Health Policy Summit gathers the most influential health policy decision makers in Japan across stakeholder groups (government, political parties, business, payors, medicine, academia, patient groups, civil society, and media). For critical policy issues, the Institute conducts original policy research, organizes policy forums, and helps inform the public and decision makers. The Institute also hosts Commission on Citizens and Health (patient advocacy platform) and MD Policy Forum (community of doctors committed to professionalism and policy).


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.


The Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA) is a nonprofit membership association for life sciences and related companies and research institutions in the state of Washington. Based in Seattle, WBBA has more than 430 member companies and seven staff. WBBA is governed by a volunteer board of directors and offers its members social and educational events, a purchasing consortium, online resources, a member newsletter and advocacy in the state capitol of Olympia. A statewide strategy for the life sciences is being implemented by WBBA members, while working together to provide better health for people everywhere.

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.

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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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.

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust’s breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests.

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