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

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About this webinar 

The Inclusive Innovation Exchange (IIE) Global Health Series engages innovators to showcase the incredible progress that individuals and organizations are making to advance access to quality healthcare around the world. We will discuss lessons learned, new ideas, successful initiatives, and potential future partnerships that channel inclusive innovation to improve health access and outcomes in emerging markets.

The discussion:

With Gary Cohen of BD and Resonance’s own Steve Schmida, we will dive into the DNA of cross-sector partnerships for innovation by:

  • Exploring the role of cross-sector collaboration in advancing innovation for health
  • Breaking down the partnership process, including when to partner, how to design and execute meaningful collaboration, and how to navigate common partnership roadblocks
  • Highlighting 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 with 70,000 employees worldwide. 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. He previously served on the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children and as board director and chair of the CDC Foundation, and presently serves as chair of the CDC/Corporate Roundtable on Global Health Threats.

Mr. Cohen and BD engage in extensive cross-sector collaboration to address unmet health needs globally, working with international agencies, governments, and non-government organizations, focused on specific health goals such strengthening clinical and laboratory practices, safely immunizing children, addressing infectious and non-communicable diseases, reducing maternal and newborn mortality, improving safety for health workers and patients and combating antimicrobial resistance.  Associated with this threat, in 2017 he founded the Antimicrobial Resistance Fighters Coalition, presently comprised of a diverse community of over 160 stakeholders from 42 countries including senior health ministry officials, clinicians, NGO leaders, patients, and family members of patients who died from resistant infections.

More information about this episode's speakers 

BD, or Becton, Dickinson and Company, is a major multinational medical technology company. Its Global Health division works to drive access to existing BD solutions and develop and deploy innovations to address priority health needs in areas aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). BD Global Health uses various methods including innovative commercial business models, public-private partnerships, market development activities, and global advocacy. Established in 2004, BD Global Health champions private sector engagement with international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and governments on global, regional, and local levels with a goal to enhance access to health for all people.

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.

Resonance is an award-winning global consulting firm working at the crossroads of development impact and private sector opportunity. We have designed and forged over 300 cross-sector partnerships to solve pressing business and global development challenges.

More on the Inclusive Innovation Exchange

The Inclusive Innovation Exchange showcases innovators designing meaningful solutions to improve health outcomes for local communities. It spotlights their success stories and “how to” insights in an ever-changing global health environment.

Through the Exchange, innovators – at start-ups, foundations, NGOs, and companies – who are developing solutions for emerging markets share their experiences designing ideas at the intersection of the private sector and the international development community.

The Exchange includes discussions that inspire future innovations and strengthen partnership opportunities. It serves as a “how-to” guide, to champion inclusive innovation in global health.

Meet the presenters:

Gary Cohen headshot

Gary Cohen, Speaker

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


Steve Schmida, Speaker

Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Resonance


Marissa Gilman

Co-Moderator, Senior Manager and Global Health Practice Lead, Resonance

Jay Chikobe

Jay Chikobe

Co-Moderator, Manager for Design & Innovation Services, Resonance

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