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Mr. Livio Valenti
Sustainability Science Program
Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: 505 Rubenstein Building
Tel (Office): (1) 617-496-9330
Group affiliation: Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow
Livio Valenti is a Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program and the Harvard Global Health Institute. He is co-founder of Vaxess Technologies. Livio is researching the potential to sustainably commercialize innovative technologies to improve global health. He is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development led by William Clark. He received a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2013, where he was the recipient of the Empedocle Maffia Fellowship. While a student, he co-founded Vaxess Technologies, an innovative life sciences company that aims to create vaccines that do not need refrigeration. A summer research award to support this work was co-sponsored by the Sustainability Science Program and the Harvard Global Health Institute (2012). Vaxess has raised $4.75m in venture capital, angel investors, and various public institutions. Livio was named by Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 list as one of the most influential leaders in the science and healthcare category (2014). Vaxess was the recipient of first prize in the Harvard President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship (2013) and the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition (2013). His work has been featured in international media such as The Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes Magazine, and elsewhere. Prior to studying at Harvard, he worked for the United Nations in several 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 economic and social development projects. He 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, Sue Goldie, and Suerie Moon.
New technologies for improving global health: A roadmap for commercializing silk-based innovation
This research focuses on expanding the impact of 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 stabilizes vaccines in a silk matrix, lowering the cost of distribution and storage for all vaccines while expanding access in areas with poor cold chain infrastructure. Work will include a review of vaccine delivery methods that are injection-free with an aim to facilitate the uptake of these promising, but yet early stage technologies. An implementation strategy for sustainable sourcing of silk and a case study, "Vaxess Technologies: Increasing Vaccine Access" will be written.