Who We Are.

Co-founders, Margaret Salmon, MD, MPH, and Christian Salmon, DSc, employ human-centered design methodology to first identify global healthcare deficits. They then mobilize a multidisciplinary team, working with local populations, to brainstorm ideas on local manufacture of prototypes to design inexpensive solutions using indigenous products. They follow up this work with observational study, validation and randomized control trials, publishing results in peer-reviewed journals. 

With this approach, they have pioneered innovative products, techniques, and services to improve the local provision of healthcare to those living in great poverty and conflict.  Global health entrepreneurs collaborating with communities to generate creative healthcare solutions for communities in need.

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Board of Directors

Margaret Salmon
MD MPH President and Director

Dr. Salmon spent 15 years as an entrepreneur before joining the medical community. She is a graduate of University of Washington Medical School and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at University of California San Francisco. She has a Master of Public Health from Harvard, with a focus on humanitarianism (specializing in humanitarian aid at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative).

She now specializes in the health needs of populations caught in conflict. With extensive experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia, Dr. Salmon publishes widely on bringing low-cost technology solutions to immediate health-care problems. She is also the principal investigator of the Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Exploration Program, Round 11, that addressed improving the lives of women who are small farmers. She is a recent recipient of the EMS Seed Award from the University of Toronto.

Christian Salmon
Dsc - Vice President and Co director

He has worked in leadership and entrepreneurial roles for three decades. He is an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Western New England University. For the past eight years, Christian has concentrated his research efforts and field projects in the area of global health.

He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering, and a Master and Doctorate of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University, with a concentration in Risk and Emergency Management. He is the founding director of the Center for Global Health Engineering at Western New England University, with a mission of lowering barriers to care at the frontiers of global health by enabling local health-care providers with access to sustainable and pragmatic methods, technologies and materials. Curriculum Vitae.

Julia Zeulia

Julia Zeuli’s career has prioritized working with marginalized communities, having led strategic planning and program development initiatives throughout Latin America and the United States. Using participatory action research principles, she partners with local communities to collaboratively identify and address their needs. During her 20-year career she has facilitated intersectoral efforts with community-based organizations, school districts, government agencies, and community coalitions to implement community-based initiatives. Julia joined Innovations CZ in 2018 to manage the Education initiative. She has a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley.

Stefano Paloletti
MBA Director of Product Management for Security Analytics, Sumo Logic

Stefano has over 15 years’ experience in product managing enterprise software solutions at leading Silicon Valley companies and currently leads Product Management for Sumo Logic's Security portfolio. His experience includes developing and launching innovative products offerings and expanding revenues for existing ones at both fast-growing startups and large enterprise vendors. For the past 10 years, he has managed product lines at Symantec, Forcepoint and ThinAir. Stefano holds a double major in Math/Computer Science and Quantitative Economics from UC San Diego along with an MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

In his spare time, Stefano likes to travel, volunteer and spend time doing outdoor sports including surfing, skiing, and mountain biking.

Mike Rust
PhD, Member at large

Michael J. Rust received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OHand currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Western New England University. He teaches undergraduate courses in bioinstrumentation, physiology, lab-on-a-chip, and global health. Dr. Rust has published numerous papers in professional conferences and technical journals, and he is a co-inventor on two US patents. Dr. Rust’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Society for Quality (ASQ), Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), and the Jenzabar Foundation. His research interests involve the development of point-of-care medical technologies, including bioinstrumentation for use in low-resource settings. Dr. Rust’s expertise includes Guatemalan healthcare, and he has taken over 80 students to the country through course-based field experiences. He is also the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at New England Breath Technologies, which is developing a non-invasive breathalyzer for monitoring diabetes.

Clint Trout
DPh, MA - member at large

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Nerys Benfield
MD, MPH, MS - member at large

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Our Team

Board of Advisors

Christing Lunanga

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Stewart Lunanga

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Pascal Bashombana

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Luc Malemo

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Mundenga Mutendi Muller

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Suhas Sreevan

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Our Partners​

Partnering is the essence of our work

Collaborating with local communities and local medical staff is the essence of Innovations CZ’s work. In vulnerable communities afflicted by conflict and corruption, the supply of essential medical supplies and technology is often cut off or drastically reduced.  We work with communities and their dedicated health-care providers to determine their needs and develop locally produced products and technology that do not rely on a global supply chain. 

HEAL Africa

Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tikur Anbessa Hospital

Addis Abada, Ethiopia

To obtain indigenous supplies, we walk the markets, looking for resources that can be developed into products that can be developed by local communities. One example: We worked with the local community to develop the use of the cassava root as the base for an ultrasound gel, which has been validated as equal resolution to imported commercial gel. Our mixture is being used by hospitals, medical schools and Medecins Sans Frontieres in DRC, Niger, Kenya and Malawi. We are proud to partner with several hospitals in Africa and will be developing additional collaborations. 

Our Funders

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