Can We Innovate Our Way to Better Times?

Aug 19, 2021

Can we really innovate our way out of the mess? Are we smart enough to translate fantastic discoveries into tangible benefits for people?

Livio Valenti is a sustainability entrepreneur leveraging scientific discoveries to build innovative companies in the healthcare, biotechnology and material science field.

He is the co-founder of Vaxess Technologies, a biotechnology company developing a new class of vaccines that can be delivered with a silk-based skin patch. These vaccines do not require refrigeration and can be self-administered by patients, regardless of where they live. Vaxess raised more than $60mn in Venture Capital and Public Funding pioneering a new, sustainable model of company creation in collaboration between Venture Capital and the public sector.

Livio is a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, Wire Magazine Top Innovator under 35, a fellow at the Atlantic Council, a TEDx speaker and an affiliate with the Aspen Institute. Livio was previously an economist at the United Nations in Cambodia, where he worked with farmers to build the foundation of the silk industry in the country. He graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (USA), Bocconi University (Italy) and Fudan University (China).


2021 may go down in history as the year of the Great Awakening. Relentless disease, floods, fires, droughts, food insecurity, dramatic social and political unrest signal that deep structural changes in how our world works are underway. But amid the seemingly pervasive doom and gloom, the good news is that there are intensifying efforts to put people, countries and, indeed, humanity on a better path.

One of the most promising antidotes to what ails us is the enormous surge of scientific discovery and technological innovation that is also a hallmark of our age. Can we really innovate our way out of the mess? Are we smart enough to translate fantastic discoveries into tangible benefits for people? And, can we do so faster than pathogens mutate or accumulated emissions change weather or draughts destroy arable crop land?

Of course, no one knows for sure, but this week’s guest on the New Thinking for a New World podcast is working hard on answers, one challenge at a time. Livio Valenti sits exactly at the intersection of cutting-edge science and the demand for innovative solutions in healthcare, biotech, and material sciences. Listen as he discusses why he thinks we can do this.

Let us know what you think and comment below.

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