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WGHA Roundtable: Alternative Funding Models for Global Health

March 16, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am

WGHA members are invited to join our roundtable on March 16 that will explore alternative funding and collaboration models for global health.

As the global health sector continues to grow and accelerate new innovations, opportunities to collaborate with industry and venture capital remains limited.

We’re excited to host speakers from Amgen, Plum Alley, and the Science Philanthropy Alliance to share more about their work, current investment and collaboration priorities, and explore new engagement models for WGHA members.

Our speakers include:

  • John Delaney, Amgen Research: John joined Amgen in 1992 and most recently lead Amgen’s Biologic Discovery function. From 2010 through 2019, John was the Site Head for Amgen’s Burnaby, British Columbia research facility. John has a new unique role in Amgen Research, responsible for technology and innovation prospecting while developing, growing, and encouraging collaborations across the spectrum of research disciplines
  • Deborah B. Jackson, Plum Alley: Deborah Buresh Jackson’s professional life spans over 4 decades as an entrepreneur, founder and CEO, investor and investment banker. After spending time on Wall Street and investing in early-stage companies, she determined that the best way for her to achieve her highest goals was to become an entrepreneur herself. Deborah founded Plum Alley to advance entrepreneurs and new technologies, and the company is now the pre-eminent venture firm that invests in hard tech and medical breakthroughs. In the last few years, Plum Alley invested over $30 million in early-stage companies that are are providing solutions to pressing problem such as: toxins in the air and air quality measurement, lack of water efficiency and quality, predictive warning and information on natural disasters, and more. 
  • Valerie Conn, Science Philanthropy Alliance: Valerie brings expertise of over 30 years in philanthropy to the challenge of advancing private funding to basic science research—and advising the funders and foundations who make those contributions. The Alliance, a global leader in basic science research philanthropy, features individuals and foundations who are committed to building a community of basic science funders

This event is open to WGHA members and is  part of our 2021 Programmatic Roundtable series.


March 16, 2021
9:00 am - 9:45 am
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