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Since 2002, several TMGH participants have volunteered in designing and conducting workshops at key conferences to heighten awareness of global health related technology transfer topics. Summaries of some of these workshops—many of the early ones being the “first-ever” global health tech transfer sessions at such conferences at the time they were held—are included below. TMGH founder Usha Balakrishnan has continued to incorporate such topics into presentations, outreach activities, and CARTHA programs that reach out to audiences large and small, in local community settings as well as at international gatherings. Global health tech transfer topics are now routinely featured in many university-based seminars, professional society meetings, and public forums. We encourage you to explore, organize, and participate in such dialogs and add your unique voice in these dialogs as a tech transfer professional.




  • November 2009 – A thought piece about CARTHA’s founding rationale (including TMGH) was published in the 2009 Update of the Global Forum for Health Research based in Geneva, Switzerland. Titled “Healthful Academic Translations: Cultivating Collaborative Doers as Innovation Managers for Societal Well-Being” by Usha R. Balakrishnan, this paper is accessible here. CARTHA Ambassador Charles A. Gardner was instrumental in opening this platform for CARTHA’s vision and work to be shared among a worldwide audience participating in the 2009 GFHR annual conference “Innovating for the Health of All” in Havana, Cuba, read more. We continue to receive feedback about our paper that is allowing us to shape our 2010 initiatives.
  • November 4-6, 2009 – At the invitation of University of California-Santa Barbara’s Center for Nanotechnology (Richard Appelbaum and Rachel Parker), CARTHA founder participated in the Emerging Technologies/Emerging Economies: (Nano)technology for Equitable Development Conference at the Woodrow Wilson Institute for International Scholars in Washington DC, see this link.
  • February 16-20, 2009 – Based on CARTHA founder’s presentation in Recife, Brazil in November 2008, she was invited by Professor Rodrigo Correa Oliveira and Professor Bianca Zingales to participate in and speak about CARTHA’s efforts at a week-long meeting of the South-South Initiative for Tropical Diseases Research (SSI-TDR) hosted by the World Health Organization at the Bellagio Rockefeller Study Center in Italy, see details here. The South-South Initiative—launched in 2001 and supported by UNICEF/UNDR/World Bank/World Health Organization Special program for research and training in tropical diseases (TDR)—facilitates sharing of resources and scientific expertise, and promotes collaborations between investigators and institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America. CARTHA continues to work with scientists identified at this meeting as prospective collaborators.
  • February 14, 2009 – CARTHA founder organized and led a symposium titled “Thirsting for Daily Sustenance: Public-Private Partnerships for Global Water-Access” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Chicago.
  • February 12th, 2009 – The 6th annual meeting of the Technology Managers for Global Health at AUTM 2009 in Orlando. Click here for the meeting agenda.


  • December 2008Anu Idicula, who was introduced at TMGH 2008 by Steve Sencer included CARTHA Board Member Tom Mercolino as one of the judges for the BioBusiness Plan competition held in Johannesburg under the aegis of the Emory University/South Africa Innovation Fund Partnership.
  • November 11-12, 2008Carlos Lucena de Aguiar who attended TMGH 2008 as a recipient of the AUTM Developing Countries Scholarship, subsequently followed up with TMGH founder Usha Balakrishnan to co-organize the first Health Technology Innovation Workshop. Focused on stimulating new forms of international cooperation to advance new vaccines and diagnostics development for neglected diseases, this Workshop was held on November 11-12, 2008 in Recife, Brazil with the sponsorship of the Aggeu Magalhães Research Center of Fiocruz-Pernambuco and the Brazilian Health Ministry. The Workshop was attended by over 110 scientists, research administrators, corporate executives, and policymakers from different parts of Brazil. CARTHA's work and TMGH were featured in a panel where Carlos Lucena, Tom Mercolino (VP for Business Development at Global Vaccines, Inc.), and Usha Balakrishnan spoke under the theme "Building Bridges for Health Technology Innovation."
  • February 28, 2008 – The 5th annual meeting of the Technology Managers for Global Health was held at AUTM 2008 in San Diego. About 42 professionals attended this meeting.  Click here for the meeting agenda.
  • February 20, 2008 – Inaugural event "Women in Academic Licensing" organized in New York by Sadhana Chitale (New York University) and Kathleen Dennis (Rockefeller University).  TMGH founder Usha Balakrishnan spoke at this event along with TMGH volunteer Tari Suprapto (Rockefeller University). About 30 women professionals and technology transfer interns participated from academic institutions in the New York area.


  • March 9, 2007 - The 4th annual meeting of the Technology Managers for Global Health group was held during AUTM 2007 (San Francisco). For the first time, the meeting included a guest speaker, Linda Harrar, an Emmy award-winning documentary producer, who shared her perspectives on the interactions of science, technology, society and global health. Click here to see the announcement in the AUTM Program Materials click here, the meeting agenda and Usha Balakrishnan's Opening Remarks.
  • March 9, 2007 - AUTM 2007 Session titled "Best Practices in Humanitarian Licensing of Intellectual Property," organized by Richard Wilder





  • September 2003 - AUTM and MIHR professionals gathered at the Gordon Research Conference, Big Sky, Montana and discussed the goals and set out an early workplan.
  • Workshop titled "Drug Discovery/Health R&D Partnerships"
  • Workshop Summary and Speakers
  • April 2003 - Proposal to AUTM for the formation of a Special Interest Group called "Technology Transfer Professionals for Global Health"
  • February 2003 - AUTM 2003 Inaugural workshop on global health topics, Orlando


  • March 2002 - Maria Freire's influential speech at AUTM 2002, San Diego
  • See Bayh-Dole award recipient remarks . Dr. Freire's speech — underscoring global health as the "next frontier" for academic technology transfer — inspired Usha Balakrishnan to begin her interactions with MIHR. The inaugural workshop in 2003 to address global health topics at AUTM attracted over 40 enthusiastic participants. This produced the momentum for the formation of the AUTM Special Interest Group, Technology Managers for Global Health.

The information provided on this site is still a work-in-progress and is undertaken mostly by TMGH volunteers. So, it is not meant to be comprehensive by any means. We realize that this informational resource will need to be added to, and updated frequently. We welcome suggestions for additional inclusions and edits.