Our newest publication shows how corporations can align with SDG 3 in a way that lowers costs, generates additional revenues, and opens the doors to new markets.
This month’s report focuses on SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, and shows how startups and innovative technology can help corporations engage with the goal. Supported with data from our AI platform, the report also demonstrates how the Valuer platform can help corporations find their best-matching startups.
To learn more about market opportunities, current technology trends, and gain an in-depth overview of three startups and their technology, download our full SDG 3 forecast. In addition to the digital report, this article includes a broad list of NGOs, governments, and corporations that are doing a great job at tackling SDG 3.
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Organizations addressing SDG 3
While our report includes seven case studies: four SDG 3 startups and three corporations, this article shares more inspirational organizations. Below, we’ve listed a number of NGOs, governments, corporations, and startups working toward SDG 3.
Sustainable good health and well-being startups
Prokarium is a London-based biotech focused on developing microbial immunotherapy for solid tumors and vaccines against infectious diseases. The startup has programmes focused on global health and innovation including vaccines for various diseases, with some being developed in collaboration with the UK government.
ImCheck Therapeutics is a French biotech company pioneering the next generation of immune checkpoint modulators. ImCheck's “first-in-class" monoclonal antibodies may be able to improve upon the first-generation of checkpoint inhibitors in cancer. Their first drug candidate is expected to start phase one assessment in oncology in 2020.
Palo Alto, United States
Emedgene is the world’s first completely automated genetic interpretation platform. They scale genetic interpretation and discovery using advanced AI technology. Emedgene allows clinical labs to improve dry lab efficiency, reduce time spent on interpretation and reporting, increase yield and scale their genomic interpretation operation.
Yikon Genomics is a leading solution-based single cell sequencing company. They provide complete solutions in the fields of reproductive health and cancer diagnostics with liquid tumor biopsy. Yikon has already helped thousands of couples to achieve successful pregnancies.
The Epigene Labs technology platform is transforming oncology by using AI to translate genomic data into actionable insights for designing precision oncology approaches. With R&D in Paris and business development in Boston, Epigene Labs operates in the setting of value-based partnerships with world leading cancer centers and high-profile biotechs.
EdiGene is a biotech company committed to translate the cutting-edge genome editing technologies into novel therapeutics for genetic diseases and cancer. They are dedicated to promote the exploration of creative solutions to advance drug discovery.
Valo Therapeutics (Valo Tx) is a developer of a novel cancer immunotherapy that is projected to transform the lives of millions of cancer patients with various types of cancer.
As a spin-out company from the University of Helsinki, Finland, Valo Tx has assembled a talented team of oncolytic virus and immunotherapy experts, who together with the founding scientist have the necessary expertise to take this patented technology through clinical development and make it available to patients.
ACM Biolabs is focused on developing novel vaccines using proprietary artificial cell membrane ("ACM") technology. They incorporate functional proteins into the artificial cell membranes which keep them stable, allowing them to prompt a strong immune reaction.
Ziccum develops new dry powder preparations of biological pharmaceuticals. Dry powder is more stable, durable, and cost-effective to transport and handle than liquid solutions. It enables distributors to avoid expensive cold chain infrastructure for transportation and opens up new treatments such as biologics to new patients and markets.
London, United Kingdom
MediLiVes is a much needed location-based referral system enabling users globally to access medical professionals 24/7 in the comfort of their own home. Connected to other healthcare apps such as Apple Watch, Samsung Health, the startup also pledges to protect the privacy and data of patients through the use of blockchain.
Seattle, United States
98point6 is ensuring on-demand access to primary care for everyone: no need to schedule an appointment, incur long waiting times or increase your expenses. Connecting to an app combining AI and the expertise of qualified physicians, users only need to input their symptoms and then wait for a diagnosis and a personalized treatment care plan. Available 24/7, 98point6 aims to be accessible, convenient and trustworthy.
TAVIE is a clinically validated and disease specific virtual health companion providing interactive medical solutions and treatment plans. The startup guides patients through their care journey by teaching them the skills necessary to self-manage their condition. This solution includes behavioural coaching with the VirtualNurseTM, progress monitoring and self-assessment as well as access to an interactive library. TAVIE covers a variety of therapeutic conditions including HIV and diabetes.
New York City, United States
SWORD Health is a tech-enabled physical therapy provider that pairs digital therapists with clinical teams to help patients recover from ailments or post-surgery. Performing therapy at home with motion trackers, users have access to a large array of therapy and treatments for Musculoskeletal Disorders. SWORD prides itself on accompanying its patients through behavioural coaching and providing access to comprehensive information about their condition.
Totohealth is a social enterprise currently utilizing mobile technology to detect child development abnormalities, and improve access to maternal and child health information for marginalized communities. Totohealth not only focuses on the well-being and follow-up of parents, but also enables NGOs and other organisations to improve the health conditions for the communities they operate in through information and education, thus increasing their focus on SDG3.
San Francisco, United States
Big Health’s purpose is to help millions of people get back to a good state of mental health. It does this by creating fully automated and highly personalized behavioral programs for mental health. The startup has developed digital therapeutic programs and apps including Sleepio, which focuses on sleep quality, and Daylight, that aims to be a new way to address worry and anxiety through behavioral techniques supported by scientific expertise.
HelloMind is a high quality app providing personal development products to the global community. Feeling stressed, scared or sad? You can break those negative patterns by selecting what you need help with through the app. Result Driven Hypnosis (RDH) will guide you to your subconscious and help you fix the problem at its very root.
Boston, United States
Quitbit is a smart lighter connected to an app and helps you track your smoking to make healthier decisions. Quitbit helps smokers build their personalized health habits by measuring gradual progress and helps users stay motivated to reach their goals. Afraid of losing your lighter? Quitbit sends a notification to your phone whenever Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is disconnected.
Salumedia recognized the need to focus on patients, a healthy lifestyle, and the importance of providing them with the help they need when implementing healthy changes in their life. By offering mobile solutions in the form of digital therapy, Salumedia supports and empowers patients in cases reaching from smoking cessations, to chronic pain support.
San Francisco, United States
QuitGenius provides digital therapy in order to decrease the number of premature deaths caused by behavioural patterns. The three medical doctors who founded the startup saw the issue in the preventative stage. By combining technology and healthcare QuitGenius helped over 60.000 people quit smoking, making the number 53% higher than with other preventative techniques.
Braive focuses on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the form of online courses. These worldwide available courses are helping to change patterns of thinking or behaviour by providing different programs regarding worry, stress and sadness. The aim of Braive is to help patients who are struggling with mental health, and those struggling to cope with stressful situations.
Spill offers digital mental health treatment to companies in an easy way to fit every employee's needs. Its first step is to assess the employees mental well being by letting them fill out a survey. The ones who are severely struggling get therapy sessions through the platform (everything being confidential), while others are provided with advice and tools on wellbeing to help them whenever needed.
San Mateo, United States
Meru Health, a digital clinic from the US, is providing mental healthcare programs to treat depression, anxiety and burnout online. The programs integrate mindfulness practices, lifestyle changes and physiological techniques to improve their clients mental well being which was successful in 83% of the cases and even continued to improve within the following year.
Medimsight provides PACS (picture archiving and communication system) cloud storage for medical images, allowing users to gain information remotely. Its storage is unlimited, secure, and fast, using the google cloud platform. The implementation of AI enables the connection between data in the system and supports finding solutions to medical problems, revolutionizing medical diagnosis.
Pacylex Pharmaceuticals creates precision medicine solutions for multiple common cancer. Using “first of its kind therapy” Pacylex Pharmaceuticals will identify potential patients with their diagnostic technology. This company is currently in the process of pursuing clinical human studies after initial success with animal models.
San Francisco, United States
InsightRX is a precision dosing software that uses a cloud-based platform. The support tool for professionals in the medical field collects data about the patients, their history, labs, biomarkers and pharmacogenetics to create a model-based bayesian forecast. This way InsightRX understands the patient's PK/PD and is then able to find the best dosing regimen for the individual.
Sustainable Good Health and Well-Being Companies
New York City, United States
Pfizer is a leading American multinational research based biopharmaceutical corporation headquartered in New York City. They focus on delivering innovative therapies that extend and improve lives by making medicines and vaccines accessible for people in need. Their colleagues work to treat and cure life-threatening conditions and some of the most feared diseases of our time.
They support good health and well-being through the development of innovative medicines and vaccines through innovative global health programs and partnerships. The programs and partnerships are designed to ensure accessible and affordable healthcare to disadvantaged individuals.
Pfizer is determined to end preventable deaths of newborns and children under the age of five, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive services, achieve universal health coverage and strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
Sustainability plays a big role in Heineken’s business. Being a big supporter of the UN SDGs, the dutch company set up their “Brewing a better world” campaign. The campaign's main purpose is to “make sustainability an integral part of business.”
Part of their campaign focuses on SDG 3, for example, the promotion of health and safety. In particular, they are working to decrease the number of deaths and injuries caused by car accidents by 50 percent.
Heineken understands the responsibility to spread awareness and wants to strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. They are growing a community to advocate healthy consumption.
The value chain of the large brewery company is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals. Starting with agriculture, to the packaging, distribution and everything in between, sustainability is in the core of their actions.
ALK is a pharmaceutical group, created in 1923, specialized in the development and production of Allergy Immunotherapy Treatment (AIT) to prevent and treat allergies.
ALK is committed to ensure a responsible approach to ethics and sustainability. With a global vision engaged in “taking actions that benefit the environment and the climate”, the company prides itself to offer sustainable solutions as part of the third United Nations Global Goal.
With a perspective of continual improvement, ALK has staged numerous indicators to measure its performance and designed targets to be achieved by the end of 2020, in keeping with its guidelines and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
ALK also participates in the investment of innovative startups whose pillar is SDG3, such as Danish startup NMD Pharma developing treatments of neuromuscular disorders.
Sustainable Good Health and Well-Being NGOs
Oakland, United States
Kaiser Permanente, an NGO from the US, has made it their mission to enable health care to those without access to it through different programs like Medicaid and financial assistance.
People with low income or people who lost their job and can not afford health care are able to sign up to be part of their program which gives people in need access to subsidized health coverages and support in paying for medical care.
The company is able to do so by setting up different charity programs across the country that help lower the financial barriers and allow members to get financial aid with their monthly fees.
Their aid goes beyond just necessary health care services making Kaiser Permenante stand out in the industry for being one of the most generous organisations.
Washington, D.C., United States
Founded in 1970 by both Africans and Americans, Africare is an NGO that pledges to enhance the quality of life of the people in Continental Africa in framing sustainable, healthy and productive communities.
With a locally-driven behavior change and a community engagement mindset, the NGO created partnerships with countries enabling a broad expertise in facing issues of all kinds.
Africare is playing a huge role in promoting SDG3 in a region hard hit by disease such as malaria. According to the UN, “Sub-Saharan Africa continues to carry the heaviest burden of disease, accounting for more than 90 per cent of the global malaria burden.”
Many partnerships have since emerged, some of them looking at local startups such as SafeBoda. Two years ago, an Africare pilot project in Nigeria highlighted the relevance of the Deki Reader diagnosis device, concluding that it was “a useful tool for malaria diagnosis, treatment, and real-time data management”, as a core focus to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being in Africa.
The European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) is an organization focused on driving sustainable change and disruption in the delivery of health and social care.
Their global network brings 4.4 billion people together across 78 different countries worldwide (Europe, USA, Canada, China, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas and the Pacific). They are a not-for-profit organisation, operating as a Community Interest Company (CIC) based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
They have a community of 16,500 experts including government, health and social care providers, leading companies and startups, researchers, insurance, patient groups and citizens. They hold 120 meetings per year, as well as international events.
ECHAlliance provides a platform for stakeholders to meet, promote and advance their work across the ecosystem network, thus maximising knowledge sharing and best practice.
ECHAlliance supports members and their innovation processes in numbers of sectors, such as IT, web technologies, medical devices, pharma, genomics, clinical teams, big data, Internet of Things, wearables, mHealth and more.
Sustainable Good Health and Well-Being Government Initiatives
Even though Germany is known to have one of the best health care systems around the world, there are still further steps the country is taking to reach the sustainable development goals set by the UN.
One of the main focuses is improving health care for everybody by increasing the availability of doctors nationwide to ensure fast treatment options for patients.
Emission is also an aspect Germany is working on. Their goal is to make a 55 percent reduction by 2030 compared to 2005 to ensure a healthy life and well-being for their citizens.
Denmark's commitment to the implementation of SDG3, on promoting healthy lives and ensuring well-being for all people at all ages, is remarkable.
The challenge is to “Expand the effective supply of affordable and accessible health care solutions to people around the world.” According to a recent Danske Bank survey of 306 Nordic startups, SDG3 is the second goal, after SDG12, currently attracting the most attention.
The Danish government has thus pledged to support the most vulnerable communities in gaining access to health care, such as in the Philippines, Indonesia, Kenya and Mexico, through new partnerships and funding.
While former Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs wanted to focus on creating new-hub for development-tech mostly in deprived regions, some Danish startups, creating tech-solutions, may be very relevant to support countries such as Kenya.
One example is Danish startup LuluLab defending many SDGs, including SDG3, “to empower adolescents by giving them the confidence to speak more openly about taboo topics”, such as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) or Mental Health and well-being.
The Nigerian government is strongly engaged in promoting healthcare and the well-being of citizens. Significant effort is being put into increasing life expectancy and reducing common killers associated with infant and maternal mortality.
They have made significant progress in increased access to clean water, reducing diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, polio, and the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Their goals include achieving universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines.
They also aim to decrease mortality, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.
As the Harvard Business Review once put it: There’s no alternative to sustainable development.
The increasingly evident climate change and its resulting stricter regulations, coupled with the modern needs of the informed customer, mean that business-as-usual won’t cut it anymore.
Luckily, this new reality doesn’t only bring threats, but numerous new business opportunities to those that embrace it on time.