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Monday, August 24, 2009

Jose Gomez (2008 Fellow) Named Technology Review's Innovators under 35

Jose Gomez has been named as one of the MIT Technology Review"s Innovators of the Year under the age of 35. This is a huge honor because it searches for America's very best. Jose has spent his life in medtech devices aimed at curing problems for those in emerging economies.


Jose Gomez-Marquez is currently the Program Director for Innovations in International Health at MIT. He is co-inventor and founder of Aerovax, a medical device company that is developing innovative solutions for delivering inhalable drugs and vaccine to remote populations. A major focus of his work is developing and launching commercially viable medical technology for developing countries. His other projects include the SafePilot—a next generation cane for the blind, and most recently, the New Dots program, which aims to increase TB therapy adherence in developing countries. That system is currently being incubated by CARE Nicaragua. He has been a guest speaker at Invest2Venture discussing affordable technology and is a co-instructor at Harvard Medical School's HMS "Designing and Sustaining Technology Innovation for Global Health Practice" course. As a student in the science policy and engineering departments at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute he focuses his policy research on international technology transfer studies and metrics, reverse engineering in developing countries, and indigenous technology clusters. Prior to WPI, Jose was held marketing positions at an institutional investment firm in Atlanta, GA and served as a technology consultant for an agency of the World Bank. He is a founding member of the MIT International Innovations in Health initiative, and a three time MIT IDEAS Competition winner, including two Lemelson Awards for International technology. He arrived to the United States from his native Honduras on a Rotary scholarship and currently lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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