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Innovating for Impact

About the Innovating for Impact Awards

The Innovating for Impact Awards honor the multisector partnerships and policymakers helping to transform breakthrough scientific research into lifesaving drugs, diagnostics, vaccines, and other health tools for unmet global health challenges.

The initiative annually recognizes one research partnership that has advanced a game-changing global health technology and two US Members of Congress whose actions have furthered policies and political will to accelerate innovation to tackle the world’s most threatening diseases and health conditions.

  • Anna Eshoo

    2020 Honoree 2020 Honoree

    Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

    Congressional Champion Award

    “We’re in a race against time with both terrorists and nature. We can’t depend on the marketplace alone to deliver medicines we need to save lives,” Congresswoman Eshoo has emphasized, underscoring the importance of proactive US investments in research and development against health threats. During her two decades in Congress, the Congresswoman has dedicated her career to creating a healthier, more secure world through innovation. She sponsored the original bill that created the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)—an agency charged with developing medical countermeasures against bioterror and naturally occurring health threats, including emerging infectious diseases—and twice fostered the legislation’s reauthorization, earning her the moniker the “Godmother of BARDA.” As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, which she now chairs, the Congresswoman was also a leader in efforts to double the budget of the National Institutes of Health in the 1990s and has advanced key legislation to strengthen the agency’s impact.

    Congressman Eshoo has said biomedical research is an issue close to heart “because it holds the promise to cure diseases and heal humankind.”

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    When we succeed, when we discover, when we lead, we give hope to the entire world.

    Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
    Congressional Champion Honoree

  • Mario Diaz-Balart

    2020 Honoree 2020 Honoree

    Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

    Congressional Champion Award

    “Investments in global health research and development are critical to making the world a safer, healthier place,” Congressman Diaz-Balart has stressed. Since being elected to the House of Representatives, Congressman Diaz-Balart has been a steadfast champion for US global health initiatives and has consistently made the case for continued and strengthened R&D to further their impact. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, he has fought passionately to protect funding for global health programs from deep cuts proposed by the current administration. Additionally, the Congressman has spearheaded important global health legislation, co-sponsoring the Global Health Innovation Act, signed into law earlier this year, which supports the work of the US Agency for International Development to develop affordable, appropriate technologies to improve health in the world’s poorest places.

    Congressman Diaz-Balart has emphasized that US leadership in global health innovation matters and that this work must remain a priority, stating, “It is more important than ever that the United States invest in global health and continue to deliver state-of-the-art medical technologies.”

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    Investments in global health R&D are so critical‒so critical‒to make the world not only a healthier place, but a safer place for all.

    Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
    Congressional Champion Honoree

  • malaria vaccine

    2020 Honoree 2020 Honoree

    RTS,S malaria vaccine

    Partnership Award

    Honoring: GSK, PATH, WHO, WRAIR, and other partners

    Malaria remains one of the world’s leading killers, with more than 250,000 African children dying annually from this devastating disease. Fortunately, thanks to a unique, multisector product development partnership, led by GSK and PATH—and now in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO)—with critical contributions from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), other US agencies, and countless partners, the world has a promising new tool to combat this deadly disease. This extensive partnership developed and is now piloting the introduction of RTS,S—the world’s first, and to date, only vaccine to show that it can reduce malaria in children.

    Over thirty-years in the making, the vaccine is now in large-scale pilot implementation in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi, during which 360,000 children annually will receive the vaccine. Used in combination with other interventions, RTS,S has the potential to make a substantial contribution to malaria control efforts in sub-Saharan Africa and save tens of thousands of children’s lives. The development of RTS,S is a significant scientific achievement and a powerful story of partnership to deliver a vaccine to tackle one of medicine’s greatest scientific challenges.

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    Most importantly is to have the people who need it the most have access to it…and that's why we have to take this further and make sure that no child goes without the malaria vaccine if they need it.

    Dr. Opokua Ofori-Anyinam
    Director of Clinical Development, GSK Vaccines

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    When I watched the vaccination of that first child in Malawi, it reminded me of how relieved I was when my son turned five years old. Because in so many parts of the world, you don't take that for granted.

    Yvette Collymore
    Communications Manager, PATH Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access

Meet our Past Honorees

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
Congresswoman
Anna Eshoo

Congressional Champion Award

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Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
Congressman
Mario Diaz-Balart

Congressional Champion Award

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Senator Roy Blunt
Senator
Roy Blunt

Congressional Champion Award

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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro
Congresswoman
Rosa DeLauro

Congressional Champion Award

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Congressman Tom Cole
Congressman
Tom Cole

Congressional Champion Award

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Senator Chris Coons
Senator
Chris Coons

Congressional Champion Award

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