The CIGHT Mission
Established in 2004, the Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (CIGHT) recognizes the multidimensional complexity of the global healthcare challenge. Working in alliance with corporate, not-for-profit, and education partners, CIGHT seeks not merely to develop, but bring to market comprehensive, context-appropriate healthcare solutions that integrate seamlessly with the lives of patients and medical practitioners in the developing world.
CIGHT’s mission is defined by three core goals:
- To transform the lives of patients in the developing world through medical designs that are affordable, available, and meet requirements unique to resource-limited settings
- To transform the lives of future healthcare leaders by providing students with immersive, on-site training that gives them competence in the whole-context, user-centered, iterative design process required for the development of successful medical solutions
- To transform the healthcare business model for the developing world through innovative partnerships with self-sustaining, for-profit and not-for-profit companies dedicated to commercialization, manufacture, sale and distribution of CIGHT proprietary medical technologies
CIGHT is unique among academic global health organizations in that it actively pursues and achieves commercialization of its innovative medical technologies—using strategies that keep them affordable and available to their targeted user groups.
Key partners include the Gates Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. (Learn more about CIGHT partnerships.)