Inclusive Innovation Exchange

Partnerships to Accelerate Health Innovation

A discussion with Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President of Global Health at BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) and Steve Schmida, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Resonance

On-Demand | 61 minutes

Originally Recorded on October 27, 2020

About this webinar

Gary Cohen of Becton, Dickinson and Company and Resonance’s own Steve Schmida, dive into the DNA of cross-sector partnerships for innovation. 

In this episode, we will:

  • Explore the role of cross-sector collaboration in advancing innovation for health 
  • Break down the partnership process, including when to partner, how to design and execute meaningful collaboration, and how to navigate common partnership roadblocks 
  • Highlight real-world partnerships that accelerate innovative health solutions in emerging markets 

Gary Cohen is Executive Vice President, Global Health and President of the BD Foundation at BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global medical technology company. Mr. Cohen is also a board director of UNICEF USA and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, board co-chair of GBCHealth, and board chair and founder of Together for Girls, a global partnership of national governments, UN agencies, and private sector organizations dedicated to stopping violence against children, particularly sexual violence against girls.

Steve Schmida is the co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Resonance, a frontier markets solutions firm. As Chief Innovation Officer, Steve is responsible for working with Resonance staff, clients, and partners on the development of new products and services designed to drive meaningful impact in emerging markets. In 2020, Steve released Partner with Purpose, a definitive playbook for solving 21st-century business and global development challenges through cross-sector collaboration.

Meet The Presenters


Gary Cohen

Executive Vice President of Global Health at BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)


Steve Schmida

Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Resonance


Marissa Gilman

Senior Manager and Global Health Practice Lead, Resonance


Jay Chikobe

Manager for Design & Innovation Services, Resonance

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