By Sue Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures & healthymagination
Healthymagination embodies GE’s commitment to improve human health across the world, and 2016 was a year marked by its impact.
In collaboration with colleagues from GE Healthcare, GE Ventures and the GE Foundation, we fostered powerful new partnerships, developed exciting new business models and championed thought leadership at the highest levels. In doing so, we’ve been able to amplify our impact and drive creative solutions to some of the world’s toughest health challenges.
Our ongoing healthymagination commitment includes:
- Brain Health. Through our “Brain Trust” we convened key global thought leaders working to advance brain health research. We’ve also continued our support of the “Neurodata Beyond Borders” initiative launched by the Kavli Foundation with researchers from the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Janelia Farm, New York University and CalTech to begin developing the protocols and procedures necessary to share neurodata across many research platforms.
- HealthyCities Leadership Academy. This year, we continued progress in our HealthyCities Leadership Academy, a program that encourages U.S. communities to work together to develop population health improvements. We awarded nine winners of the HealthyCities Leadership Academy Open Innovation Challenge an initial award of $25,000 in prize money to help develop population health improvements through partnerships with public and private entities. Throughout the next year, the winners will complete a year of collaborative learning and will receive support to tackle population health challenges in their communities. We also demonstrated international thought leadership by developing recommendations for population health in conjunction with the World Innovation Summit for Health. Our co-authored report, Designing Strategies for Population Health, was presented to an audience of Health Ministers and influential healthcare leaders last year with the aim of scaling population health strategies around the globe.
- Social Entrepreneurship.In partnership with Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, GE launched a new pilot program to develop social entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa who are tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems in the field of maternal and child care. GE was thrilled to graduate 14 social entrepreneurs who completed the healthymagination Mother & Child program. Over the course of the program, participants attended a three-day, in-person workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, followed by a six-month, online accelerator curriculum that included weekly, in-depth mentoring from top Silicon Valley-based executives and local GE business leaders. The program was designed to help the social entrepreneurs acquire new business skills, to examine their strategic priorities and to articulate new business models that demonstrated impact, growth and long-term financial sustainability.
Looking ahead, GE will continue to drive its healthymagination commitment to improve the quality, access and affordability of healthcare around the world. In conjunction with our colleagues and esteemed partners, we look forward to convening great minds and catalyzing new innovation as we strive to make a lasting impact on human health for years to come.