Nathan Myhrvold on Global Good’s progress fighting malaria with innovation: maybe not lasers but drug storage device, morePosted: August 16, 2013
Our disease modeling software now informs eradication strategies around the world and our vaccine storage device will be commercialized next year after a recent round of successful field trials in Africa. I can’t say for certain whether the acclaimed photonic fence will ever zap mosquitoes in developing countries, but it’s turned out to be an invaluable research tool and, equally important, it’s brought a new level of attention and imagination to the fight against malaria. Likewise for our malaria diagnostics work, which hit some roadblocks but also unlocked promising new avenues to explore.
So, to the critics who say we’ll fail, I offer this: You’re absolutely right. But that’s part of being an inventor. What’s more important is that we learn, keep trying and make sure our successful inventions have a meaningful impact. At worst, we’ll get people thinking about important problems in new ways. At best, we’ll invent technology that transforms life for the people who need it most and, in the process, inspire more technology companies to work their magic for the developing world. Either way, I’d consider that a success.