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  • Stephen Davis

    Stephen Davis

    Lecturer

    BioSteve Davis currently serves as a Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company, as an Executive Advisor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as a Stanford Graduate School of Business Lecturer and Global Health Faculty Fellow, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Steve has deep experience, including on numerous boards and advisory groups, focused on the intersection of business, innovation, and social impact. He currently serves as co-chair of the G7 Triple I Initiative to increase impact investment in global health and as chair of the Advisory Board of the Brookings/CSIS initiative on Advancing US-China Collaboration. He recently served as most recently served as co-chair of the World Health Organization’s Digital Health Technical Advisory Group, and as a Distinguished Fellow for the World Economic Forum. Steve is the former President & CEO of PATH, a leading global health innovation organization; former Director of Social Innovation at McKinsey; former CEO of Corbis, a digital media pioneer; and as an attorney with K&L Gates. With degrees from Princeton University, University of Washington, and Columbia Law School, Steve is the author of Undercurrents: Channeling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism (Wiley 2020) and speaks and writes frequently on topics related to social innovation and digital health. He lives with his family in Seattle, Washington.

  • Joseph M. DeSimone

    Joseph M. DeSimone

    Sanjiv Sam Gambhir Professor of Translational Medicine, Professor of Chemical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Chemistry, of Materials Science and Engineering, and of Operations, Information and Technology at the Graduate School of Business

    BioJoseph M. DeSimone is the Sanjiv Sam Gambhir Professor of Translational Medicine and Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. He holds appointments in the Departments of Radiology and Chemical Engineering with courtesy appointments in the Department of Chemistry and in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

    The DeSimone laboratory's research efforts are focused on developing innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to complex problems centered around advanced polymer 3D fabrication methods. In Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, the lab is pursuing new capabilities in digital 3D printing, as well as the synthesis of new polymers for use in advanced additive technologies. In Translational Medicine, research is focused on exploiting 3D digital fabrication tools to engineer new vaccine platforms, enhanced drug delivery approaches, and improved medical devices for numerous conditions, with a current major focus in pediatrics. Complementing these research areas, the DeSimone group has a third focus in Entrepreneurship, Digital Transformation, and Manufacturing.

    Before joining Stanford in 2020, DeSimone was a professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University. He is also Co-founder, Board Chair, and former CEO (2014 - 2019) of the additive manufacturing company, Carbon. DeSimone is responsible for numerous breakthroughs in his career in areas including green chemistry, medical devices, nanomedicine, and 3D printing. He has published over 350 scientific articles and is a named inventor on over 200 issued patents. Additionally, he has mentored 80 students through Ph.D. completion in his career, half of whom are women and members of underrepresented groups in STEM.

    In 2016 DeSimone was recognized by President Barack Obama with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest U.S. honor for achievement and leadership in advancing technological progress. He has received numerous other major awards in his career, including the U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (1997); the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Invention (2005); the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2008); the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award (2009); the AAAS Mentor Award (2010); the Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment (2017); the Wilhelm Exner Medal (2019); the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2019 U.S. Overall National Winner); and the Harvey Prize in Science and Technology (2020). He is one of only 25 individuals elected to all three branches of the U.S. National Academies (Sciences, Medicine, Engineering). DeSimone received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1986 from Ursinus College and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1990 from Virginia Tech.