Knowledge Transfer from Academia to Industry

Which framework is needed to create an innovation-friendly climate in the healthcare sector - motivating MDs to start their own business?

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In the healthcare industry, increased collaboration between the private and public sectors is becoming more important than ever. The private sector has a different working dynamic. As a woman and a physician myself, I am interested in research and development, and entrepreneurship, thus I am involved in various ecosystems in Zurich and Geneva, such as Campus Biotech or the University of Zurich. It is precisely when you bring together medical professionals and companies that groundbreaking new ideas emerge that benefit medicine. How this can work in practice can be seen where clinics, medicine, research, and companies come together. Europe offers opportunities for private-state collaboration in cutting-edge research and industry, and innovation centers are getting more proactively promoted, especially in Switzerland where I am based. London and NYC, for example, have long been hubs for public-private collaboration. For example, there are several college and startup ecosystems supported by the state and cantons. There are clearly defined interfaces between medical research and industrial technology development - a thriving ecosystem that could also be more strongly promoted elsewhere.

With an in-depth background in mental health as well as global health, my broader mission is to advance transdisciplinarity in medicine and innovate the landscape of healthcare through collaboration for the Sustainable Development Goal 3. 2019-2022 Miriam worked as a pro bono advisor to the World Health Innovation Summit CIC where consultants, companies, and academics collaborate to improve healthcare. WHIS partnered with the UN-Habitat, UN Academic Impact, Interparliamentary Union, and WHO. Its shared mission was to assist and accelerate the SDG implementation process and ensure the world reaches its goal, at the latest by 2030.  The implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals springs from the belief shared by United Nations officials, senior business leaders, and NGOs that a transparent, academically driven index is needed to rank companies and countries on their sustainability practices. 

Photo below: participating at the World Economic Forum, WEF Davos 2022
Sustainable Development Goals Conference by the U.N. SDG Champions Platform 

The SDG Lab at World Economic Forum Davos:

Global Health Leadership,
aligned with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 3: Good Health for all

"True abundance comes from connection. In 2018 we celebrated the Global Health Delivery Intensive Program at Harvard University, a growing network by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Medical School, in an effort to create an interdisciplinary skill set that will improve how we build health care. We have shared our determination and mutual understanding as a group of over 27 nationalities over several years. Healthcare is the work of many, and we all need to go the extra mile. I have learned from committed leaders who have developed health systems with a dedication that is of a rare humanistic nature - including leaders and representatives from Partners in Health, Seed Global Health, the Abundance Foundation, the Gates Foundation and many others. As a global citizen, being part of the growing Global Health network inspires me to help shape better and more sustainable healthcare. From a futuristic perspective, Global Health is laying the foundation for the future capacities of the healthcare systems we will build not only on our planet, but beyond."

Photo below: Certification at the 2018 Class of Global Health Delivery Intensive Program,  Harvard University, Cambridge/Boston, USA