In a post a couple years ago (in March 2010 to be exact), I wrote about seeing a traveling exhibit of photographs, “Treasured Lands,” landscape photographs of National Park, and about hearing a talk by the photographer, Dr. Quang-Tuan Luong (“Pictures at an Exhibition”). As I learned, Dr. Luong drove, hiked, backpacked, and kayaked his way through 58 parks from the Dry Tortugas NP off Florida to Wrangell-St. Elias NP in eastern Alaska, mostly alone and hauling a heavy 5X7 large format camera to capture expansive vistas and unique views. The project took 15 years and was completed in 2002, and now his series of more than 10000 photos can be seen at his online gallery (e.g., Zion NP which I visited in May). They are only part of 32000 or so images from his world travels found at Terragalleria. I wrote that I enjoyed the photos for their composition, lighting, and sense of place and for evoking my memories of experiencing nature and appreciating the world we humans should be thankful to inhabit. I thought, and still do, that, since the US has a poet laureate, we should also have a landscape laureate, the first being Dr. Luong, a truly inspirational guy.
In my previous post, also I mentioned a several talented and inspired people who are applying their experience and skills to the challenges of global health. Here’s an update of several I mentioned before and a few additions:
Amit Srivastava: Amit is a former vaccine researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital and is now in the health care practice of Boston Consulting Group and will be joining the pneumonial diseases group at the Gates Foundation as a Program Manager (Amit’s Profile).
Anup Akkihal: I met Anup when he was completing his management degree at MIT and since then he has been building a company in India, Logistimo, that offers cell phone-based supply-chain management tools for low resource settings; such tools are critical in both getting needed products to rural areas and in getting products to market ultimately improving service and increasing profitability;
Davinder Gill: Davinder and I were colleagues at Wyeth and he became the head of Pfizer’s biotherapeutics group after the merger. He is now CEO of Hilleman Laboratories, a laboratory in India that is developing technologies for affordable vaccinations.
Karolina Maciag: Karolina is a student in the MD/PhD program at Harvard Medical School and a researcher at the Broad Institute, and we met through her promotion of global health as a coordinator of the MIT and Harvard chapters of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (Karolina’s Profile).
Kevin Killeen: Kevin is a biotech industry veteran and CEO of Matrivax, a pre-revenue company in Boston that is developing cost-effective manufacturing methods for conjugate vaccines. Such techniques are important in bringing down the cost of the latest generation of high-tech vaccines (“Greasing the COGs”);
Manish Bhardwaj: I have met Manish only once when he was kind enough to meet for an interview I wrote up in my April 2013 post, “Reality Check”. He’s a technology-company-founder-turned-global-health-entrepreneur, but unlike others (including me) he’s spent months (and still is spending) living and working in the poor communities his technology is intended to help (see Innovators in Health).
Marcia de Souza Lima: Marcia is an ophthalmologist with multiple years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, a founder of the Releef Initiative, a source for affordable drug development news, and is the Director, Programs and Operations, at the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an advocacy and networking division of the Sabin Vaccine Institute.
Michael Pollastri: Michael and his project to accelerate neglected disease drug discovery was the subject of my post last week (“Shameless Plug”). He was a pharma company researcher and is now a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Northeastern University (Pollastri).
Patrick Beattie: Patrick is director of operations and a key employee at Diagnostics for All, one of the few “not-for-profit-only” companies developing diagnostics for low-resource environments (DFA). I had the pleasure of working with him as a volunteer for the company in the past and look forward to the launch of their first product.
That’s it for this week. Have a merry Gift-Giving and –Receiving Day.