SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR, INNOVATOR AND CONTRIBUTOR TO GLOBAL HEALTH CARE
Marc Koska is a highly successful businessman and social entrepreneur who has helped to save more than 9 million lives. Despite years of rejection, Marc persisted in developing his revolutionary disposable syringe, the iconic K-1 syringe, the worlds first auto disable syringe for the curative market. He was awarded an OBE for his Contribution to Global Healthcare.
Marc is a highly motivational and charismatic speaker, someone who has fought ignorance, bureaucracy and vested interest every step of the way to create a highly successful and dynamic company, and whose sole motivation is to save lives by eradicating the spread of a killer virus. Marc's genuine lack of financial motivation is inspirational, moving and an admirably unique quality rarely seen in a thriving entrepreneur.
Today hundreds of millions of his syringes are sold annually and the invention has saved more than 9 million lives and prevented 14 million cases of disease transmission. K1 syringe cannot be reused it locks and breaks after one use. The design of his ground-breaking syringe took three minutes. The implementation of his plan took 17 turbulent and disheartening years of sacrifice, rejection, disappointment and finally a rewarding and revolutionary triumph. Marc Koska can tell his inspiring story and how he founded Star Syringe and the charity Safepoint Trust.
Nearly two decades after inventing the iconic K-1 syringe, Marc has worked with the World Health Organisation. He instigated their only third ever global health initiative a mandate on needle safety, which will end the blight of 1.3 million deaths a year due to dirty needs and hundreds of millions of dollars wasted on avoidable illness and cross-infections.
Marc has been awarded the Innovation Health Award by The Tech Awards an international awards programme that honours innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity, as well as The Economist Innovation Award for Social and Economic Innovation - making him one of the best health innovators in the world today. In 2015 he was selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardee joining a global network and being fully integrated into the World Economic Forum.
He is a very popular speaker at TED conferences worldwide, and he has spoken at Google Zeitgeist, The Daily Beast Innovators Conference, Intelligence Squared, The Ink Conference, Peace One Day and The Global Health and Innovation Conference to name just a few.
His recent campaign in India reached a staggering 508 million people in just one week a world record, raising awareness and educating the whole nation through TV ads, radio broadcasts, cinema screenings and newspaper articles. In the last ten years Marc has been to India 43 times, travelled to 64 developing countries and opened up the eyes of Governments around the world, as well as battling with the World Heath Organisation.