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Mr. Livio Valenti
Sustainability Science Program
Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: 502 Rubenstein Building
Tel: (1) 617-496-0739
Group affiliation: Empedocle Maffia Fellow
Livio Valenti is an Empedocle Maffia Fellow and a candidate for a Master in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is working to sustainably commercialize innovative biotechnological solutions to increase vaccine access in rural area of the world. His team’s project, Vaxess Technologies, is an effort to sustainably commercialize a technology that stabilizes vaccines in a silk matrix so they can be stored and shipped around the world without refrigeration. The team is the recipient of first prize in the Harvard President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship and the Harvard Business Plan Contest-Business Venture Track. A summer research award (2012) to support the pilot work for this project has been co-sponsored by the Sustainability Science Program and the Harvard Global Health Institute. Livio is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development led by William Clark. He worked for the United Nations in developing countries. His work included advising government clients and international financing institutions in the identification, appraisal and financing of large investment projects. He also backstopped a diversified portfolio of rural development and economic and social development projects. One of these projects was related to sericulture development to achieve local economic development and diversification of rural income for farmers in Cambodia. Livio also worked on short term assignments for the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the United Nations Development Program, The Government of Haiti and the Government of Cambodia. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in Public Administration and Economics from Bocconi University and two Master of Science degrees in International Management from Bocconi University in Italy and Fudan University in China. He is also the president of the Italian Society at Harvard. His faculty hosts are William Clark and Sue Goldie.
Revolutionizing global health by creating low cost, thermo-stable vaccines
The project, Vaxess Technologies, seeks to commercialize a Tufts University platform technology that stabilizes vaccines so they can be stored and shipped around the world without refrigeration – eliminating the need for the cold chain. The technology will stabilize vaccines in a silk matrix. This will lower the cost of distribution and storage for all vaccines while expanding access in areas with poor cold chain infrastructure.