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Social Innovations in Health Panel Features MadiDrop Approach to Safe Water


Bringing together social innovators who are using new social enterprise models to improve the health of citizens throughout the world, the Tom Tom Founders Festival hosted a panel on social innovations in health on April 12, 2016, at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville.

David Dusseau, CEO of MadiDrop PBC, talked about the global water crisis and how new social innovations, such as the MadiDrop, can significantly impact the incidence of diarrheal diseases. He was joined by other leading social innovators, including Brynne Potter of Maternity Neighborhood, David Kalergis of Diffusion Pharmaceuticals and Dr. Neal Kassell of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, talking about their approaches to social innovation.

The session kicked-off with a discussion about how impact investing and philanthropy can shape research and discovery, resulting in innovations that impact millions of lives. Panelists included Dr. Helen Lee of the World Health Organization, Daryl Brewster – a turnaround CEO, Ross Baird of Village Capital and Dr. Rick Shannon of the UVA Health System. The session was hosted by Anne Scott of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and Christine Mahoney of SocialEntrepreneurship@UVA.