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 | Presenting Organizations
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.
Johnson & Johnson Johnson & Johnson is a comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices and diagnostics markets. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world. Their long-standing operating model has four simple concepts: being broadly based in human health; managing our business for the long term; taking a decentralized management approach; and focusing on people and values. Their Family of Companies comprises a premier consumer health care company, the world’s largest and most diverse medical devices and diagnostics company, and a broad pharmaceuticals segment. Johnson & Johnson's approach to innovation has resulted in a robust portfolio of diverse pharmaceutical products that address public healthcare needs, including access and affordability, in meaningful ways.
GlaxoSmithKline (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.
Merck & 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.
As one of the largest pharmaceutical companies 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.
Sanofi is a diversified global healthcare company, focused on patient needs. Core strengths are a worldwide presence, market leadership in vaccines, and major biological products. In addition to prescription pharmaceuticals and vaccines, company business activities include consumer healthcare products, generics, and animal health products. With almost 100,000 employees in more than 100 countries, Sanofi posted sales of more than 27.5 billion Euros in 2008, including 22.9 billion Euros in pharmaceutical business and 2.8 billion Euros in the human vaccines business, where Sanofi Pasteur is a world leader. As a healthcare leader, Sanofi is concerned about global public health issues: to meet the needs of patients in developing countries, we work through 'Access to Medicines' programs to combat malaria, tuberculosis, sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis, mental health, and epilepsy.
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.
GE 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.
The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the Company's portfolio features 15 billion dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy these beverages at a rate of 1.7 billion servings a day. Consumers who want to reduce the calories they consume from beverages can choose from the company's expanding portfolio of no- and low-calorie beverages as well as regular beverages in smaller portion sizes. Coca-Cola provides more than 800 no- and low-calorie beverages, nearly 25% of its global portfolio. Nineteen of its top 20 brands have a low- or no-calorie alternative or are low- or no-calorie. People are increasingly making informed choices about what they eat and drink. Coca-Cola thinks that is good news for everyone and is innovating to provide consumers with more choices and information while helping to promote active, healthy living in communities around the world.
The Center for Sustainable Health (CSH) at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute harnesses technology, economics and behavior to improve health outcomes and reduce the financial and human cost of disease. To sustain human health, the center believes that health systems must shift their current focus from expensive and ineffective late-stage disease response toward highly cost-effective or cost-saving prevention and early intervention strategies. To support this effort, CSH seeks the active collaborative engagement of key stakeholders: governments, public and private health insurers, regulatory bodies, basic research institutes, industry, and innovative care delivery systems around the world. The Center for Sustainable Health is among a dozen research centers located within the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (ASU), the New American University. Biodesign conducts use-inspired research, fusing intellectual disciplines and fostering entrepreneurship, for global challenges in human health, environmental sustainability and national security technologies.
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. Chevron is the largest resource holder and producer among international oil companies in Asia-Pacific. The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces, and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets, and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, California.
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.
ZGF 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.
Miraca Holdings Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, provides a wide variety of clinical diagnostic products and over 4,000 clinical testing services through its affiliated companies, including Fujirebio Inc. 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.
UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at http://blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, please visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
Each year, vaccines prevent 2.5 million deaths. Yet, despite great progress, getting the right vaccines to the individuals who need them most is deceptively complex. Meeting this challenge is what has inspired the Decade of Vaccines (DOV) Collaboration, a 12-month effort to enhance coordination across the global community by creating a global vaccine action plan. The plan outlines the steps necessary to achieve our vision where children, families, and communities enjoy life protected from the threat of disease.
The History of Vaccines is an educational website that explores the role of immunization in the human experience and examines its continuing contributions to public health. The site features multimedia timelines, video interviews with vaccine pioneers, activities, simulations, an image gallery, and a blog. Visitors can learn how vaccines work, find out how vaccines have been developed, explore concepts such as herd immunity, and more. The History of Vaccines was created by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest medical society in the United States, whose mission is to advance the cause of health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine. Throughout its 200-year history, the College has provided a forum for medical professionals and the general public to learn about medicine both as a science and as an art.
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a global not-for-profit working to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccines for use globally. Founded in 1996, IAVI researches and develops AIDS vaccine candidates, conducts policy analyses, and serves as an advocate for the AIDS vaccine field with offices in Africa, India, and Europe. IAVI supports a comprehensive approach to HIV and AIDS that balances the expansion and strengthening of existing HIV prevention and treatment programs with targeted investments in new AIDS prevention technologies. IAVI’s scientific team, drawn largely from the vaccine industry, designs and develops HIV vaccine candidates and conducts HIV vaccine clinical trials and clinical research through partnerships with more than 50 academic, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and government institutions. The organization directs a portfolio of R&D projects, prioritizing the most promising products and moving them swiftly through the vaccine development pipeline. IAVI also works to ensure a future AIDS vaccine will be accessible to all who need it.
The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. This mission is achieved through research, community services, professional and public education and advocacy. In communities across America, the March of Dimes helps mothers have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. If something does go wrong, the March of Dimes is ready with information and comfort for families with an affected baby. Internationally, the March of Dimes partners with academic institutions in middle- and low-income countries to implement interventions for the care and prevention of birth defects and prematurity. In addition, the March of Dimes work with our partners to collect and publish data on the harsh toll of these conditions in their countries and to identify steps that countries can take to reduce this toll.
PATH is an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. PATH takes an entrepreneurial approach to developing and delivering high-impact, low-cost solutions, from lifesaving vaccines and devices to collaborative programs with communities. Through work in more than 70 countries, PATH and its partners empower people to achieve their full potential.
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, PATH operates offices in 34 cities in 23 countries. PATH currently works in the areas of health technologies, maternal and child health, reproductive health, vaccines and immunization, and emerging and epidemic diseases.
The Rockefeller Foundation envisions a world with Smart Globalization – a world in which globalization’s benefits are more widely shared and social, economic, health, and environmental challenges are more easily weathered. We support work that enables individuals, communities, and institutions to access new tools, practices, resources, services, and products. The Foundation today supports work that enhances their resilience in the face of acute crises and chronic stresses, whether manmade, ecological, or both. This is the 21st century interpretation of the Foundation’s pioneering – and enduring – philanthropic mission to “promote the well-being” of humanity. Significant advances toward Smart Globalization are still undermined by insufficient food, water, and shelter; inadequate health systems; worsening environmental degradation and climate change; unplanned urbanization; and declining social and economic security. These dangers interact with and intensify each other. They cannot be effectively resolved in isolation.
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The Bank’s mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity, and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.
The Bank is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 187 member countries: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The IBRD and IDA’s work are complemented by that of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Together, The World Bank provides low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture and environmental and natural resource management.
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.
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.