1. WID and WIA, the World Innovation Academy, Initiatives connect the dots between innovation, sustainable public health, and investment. WID and WIA bring innovations developed by medical scientists and healthcare staff, for use by their peers, to the healthcare market. The global community of hospitals and healthcare facilities offers the potential for high reward and lower risk, and provides outstanding conditions from an investment perspective. Why? Because you provide a solution for a community that has emerged from this community. The market is your community and the community feeds your market. WID and WIA directly link solution providers with users, sellers with buyers, and innovators with investors.

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  2. François Gilardoni is a venture capitalist, innovation expert and award-winning scientist educated in Switzerland and the USA with nearly two decades of international experience (EMEA, USA and Japan) in the high-tech and financial industries. He sits on the board of directors of several invested companies and advises IT, ICT, healthcare and cleantech companies. Building on the success of the first Innovation Day (ID) held in Geneva in 2007, in 2012 he partnered with Prof. Didier Pittet, ID founder and world renowned specialist in patient safety, to foster a global culture of innovation in Medical and Healthcare Science by promoting IDs around the world. In 2013, they launched the World Innovation Day (WID) global initiative. Francois has further launched the World Innovation Academy (WIA), an affiliate fund to guide entrepreneurs in bringing disruptive enabling technologies to a global market. These technologies are issued from and are deployed within WIA’s global collaborative development network. He is founder of Global Advisory Services (GlobAS), a boutique firm providing non-discretionary investment advisory services to clients seeking to expand their private equity portfolio in the high-tech industry and to ventures raising capital (debt or equity). Francois holds a PhD (cum laude) in Computational Chemistry, as well as advanced degrees in Environmental Science and Computing. He was awarded the prestigious Swiss Prix LATSIS for his achievements in computational chemistry and has authored numerous publications in highly ranked international journals. @GilardoniF

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  3. The WID-I4H competition connects the dots between innovation, sustainable public health, and investment. It aims at bringing innovations developed by medical scientists and healthcare staff, for use by their peers, to the healthcare market. The first edition of the competition (http://bit.ly/WID-I4H) took place on August 28-29, 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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  4. KiOP: manipulating images with hand gestures in sterile environments. An increasing number of image-guided procedures require images to be displayed and manipulated in operating rooms (OR). To do so, surgeons need pointing devices that can be used in a sterile environment. We therefore elected to develop a system (KiOP) based on the Kinect system from Microsoft that allows for remote image manipulation with hand waving gestures. A dedicated software allows for image manipulation of very limited hand motion gestures, avoiding large gestures that could compromise sterility. A first prototype was developed on Windows operating system and a second version as a “Plugin” for our OsiriX Open-Source imaging platform. The KiOP system was implemented in ORs equipped with wall-mounted display monitors allowing surgeons to remotely select and manipulate images by simple gestures performed in a very limited space. A prospective study is underway to evaluate the impact and benefit of this innovative system over conventional imaging workstations.

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  5. Dr. Didier Pittet is Professor of Medicine, Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Infection Control Programme and World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety at the University of Geneva Hospitals (HUG) and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland. He holds Honorary Professorships at Imperial College London, UK, Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Health and Social Sciences and at the Medical Center of Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Professor Pittet is Lead Advisor of the first WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge, “Clean Care is Safe Care”, and the African Partnerships for Patient Safety at WHO Headquarters. He is the recipient of several national and international honors, including a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II for services to the prevention of healthcare-associated infection in the UK (2007), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Lectureship for his contribution to infection control and healthcare epidemiology (2008), and the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases’ Award for Excellence (2009). Professor Pittet is co-author of more than 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 50 textbook chapters. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the American Journal of Infection Control, Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, and Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. He is also an editorial consultant at The Lancet. His current research interests include the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections, methods for improving compliance with barrier precautions and hand hygiene practices, as well as innovative methods for improving the quality of patient care and patient safety. He is also involved in research on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, and public and global health issues. The experience of his team in engaging nations and healthcare facilities worldwide in a universal commitment to patient safety is unique. A leader in his field, Dr. Pittet launched the first Innovation Day at HUG in 2007 and is co-founder of WID. A novel about his pioneering work around hand hygiene, entitled Clean Hands Save Lives, was released this year. @DidierPittet

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