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Innovating for Impact

About the Innovating for Impact Awards

The Innovating for Impact Awards honor the multisector partnerships and policymakers helping to transform breakthrough scientific research into lifesaving drugs, diagnostics, vaccines, and other health tools for unmet global health challenges.

The initiative annually recognizes one research partnership that has advanced a game-changing global health technology and two US Members of Congress whose actions have furthered policies and political will to accelerate innovation to tackle the world’s most threatening diseases and health conditions.

  • Roger Wicker

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    Senator Roger Wicker

    Congressional Champion Award

    Senator Wicker has been a steadfast champion for global health innovation during his 14 years in the Senate. As founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), he has worked tirelessly to push forward policies and funding to advance the fight against these and other global health challenges. Serving as lead Republican co-sponsor, he helped advance passage of the End NTDs Act, which strengthened the innovation mandate of the NTD Program at the US Agency for International Development, and as a member of the Armed Services Committee, he has fought to protect Army and Navy malaria research programs from elimination.

    As the world has confronted global health crises from polio to HIV/AIDS to now COVID-19, Senator Wicker has advocated for the United States to be a leading force in the international response to these threats. His passion for global health is rooted in the belief that these investments are not only good for the world, but also good for America. “I will continue to work to advance global health funding,” he said, “It saves lives and is a powerful tool to promote US leadership, security, and diplomacy abroad.”


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    As our comeback from the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear, strong investments in public health research and development are a cornerstone of the American economy, and a benefit to communities around the world.

    Senator Roger Wicker
    Congressional Champion Honoree

  • Ami Bera

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    Congressman Ami Bera

    Congressional Champion Award

    As a leader on the Foreign Affairs Committee, co-chair of the Tuberculosis Caucus, and a founding member of the Congressional Global Health Research and Development Working Group, Congressman Bera has been a leading champion in Congress for global health innovation. Long before the COVID-19 pandemic brought global health security to the fore, Rep. Bera advocated for proactive US investments in strengthening health preparedness. When the Trump administration proposed cutting Ebola funds that were financing global health security programs and dismantling a key National Security Council global health office, he led congressional opposition to these plans. When COVID-19 emerged, he sounded the alarm bells, chairing the first congressional hearing on the crisis. From the beginning of the pandemic, Rep. Bera has consistently championed the need for the US government to support the international response, including globally focused research efforts. He has fought for funding for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and introduced legislation to authorize US participation in it.

    As a medical doctor and first-generation American, Rep. Bera appreciates the difference access to health interventions can make in the lives of people worldwide. “As a doctor, I believe the greatest symbol of American leadership is our investment in global health,” he said.


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    The United States is the world leader in science, technology, and global health. We need to be faster and bolder in developing new therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics to arrest future outbreaks. America’s leadership in these areas will be essential in strengthening global health security.

    Congressman Ami Bera
    Congressional Champion Honoree

  • Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360)

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    Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360)

    Partnership Award

    Honoring: The NEST360 international alliance—Rice University Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies, Kamuzu University of Health Science, Malawi University for Business and Applied Sciences, Addis Ababa University, APIN Public Health Initiatives, 3rd Stone Design, Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, Hatch Technologies, Ifakara Health Institute, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Northwestern University, Oxford KEMRI Wellcome Trust, University of Ibadan, and University of Lagos; US Agency for International Development; and all NEST360 funders  

    More than 1.1 million newborns die annually in Africa. While most of these deaths are preventable, many African hospitals lack the lifesaving technologies needed to care for small and sick newborns, either because existing tools are prohibitively expensive or not suited for rugged conditions. NEST360 is an international alliance working to address this gap by developing and sustainably scaling up a package of services including a bundle of affordable, fit-for-purpose innovations, with training and implementation resources, to improve newborn care in African hospitals.

    Born out of the Rice University Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies, Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences, and Malawi University of Science and Technology and fueled by support from the US Agency for International Development, NEST360 is composed today of experts from 15 leading organizations. Deploying a comprehensive health systems approach, combining the development and validation of technologies with the distribution systems, training, and resources to support their use, NEST360 has advanced numerous game-changing devices, from a low-cost CPAP to help babies breathe to a battery-operated jaundice detector, and achieved significant progress in transforming newborn care in Africa. Since its founding in 2017, beginning with Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, and Nigeria, NEST360 has delivered more than 2,300 technologies, which have supported the delivery of 500,000 newborns and the care of 90,000 admitted newborns annually in NEST360 facilities.

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    Today, most women in Africa deliver their babies in health facilities, but clinicians working in those facilities do not have the technology they need to care for small and sick babies. The team is working together to identify high-quality, affordable technologies to fill this gap...to develop new technologies….and scale up what works best.

    Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum
    Co-founder, NEST360
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    Newborn mortality cannot be tackled piecemeal...The solution to newborn mortality is more than affordable, repairable technologies; it is the financing and distribution systems to get them into hospitals and the education and training to use them to maximum effect.

    Dr. Queen Dube
    Co-founder, NEST360

Meet our Past Honorees

Senator John Boozman
Senator
John Boozman

Congressional Champion Award

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Senator Patty Murray
Senator
Patty Murray

Congressional Champion Award

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CARB-X

Partnership Award

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Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
Congresswoman
Anna Eshoo

Congressional Champion Award

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Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
Congressman
Mario Diaz-Balart

Congressional Champion Award

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Senator Roy Blunt
Senator
Roy Blunt

Congressional Champion Award

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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro
Congresswoman
Rosa DeLauro

Congressional Champion Award

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Congressman Tom Cole
Congressman
Tom Cole

Congressional Champion Award

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Senator Chris Coons
Senator
Chris Coons

Congressional Champion Award

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