People's Choice Winner of the Next Century Innovators Awards


Today, The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to congratulate the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), the third and final winner of our 2013 Next Century Innovators Award competition.  As part of our Centennial initiative, we held a number of global competitions, including the Next Century Innovators Awards, designed to celebrate our tradition of innovative philanthropy by identifying today’s leading innovators whose work creates positive change for the world’s most poor and vulnerable people.  

After selecting two recipients and two finalists for the Next Century Innovators Award, from a pool of nearly 1,000 nominations, we then asked the world to vote for the third.

With an amazing display of public support, DNDi was chosen as the ‘People’s Choice’ winner in recognition of their work in promoting the research, development and distribution of drugs that treat some of the world’s most pervasive and neglected diseased. Their innovative approach includes endemic country involvement from the onset, engaging in public-private partnerships and a rigorous research and development pipeline. DNDi’s inspiring work has led to the development of affordable treatments for malaria, chagas disease and sleeping sickness, among others.

With this award, DNDi will have the opportunity to apply for a $100,000 grant to support their work and will be honored at The Rockefeller Foundation’s 2013 Innovation Forum this December in New York, along with Award co-recipients Nature Conservancy’s Water Funds and Global Minimum’s Innovative Salone.

We also congratulate our Next Century Innovators Award finalist and first-runner-up, Addressing the Unaddressed. This amazing organization and its inspirational leadership has provided tens of thousands of people living in slums with the opportunity to access social welfare entitlements, health care and utilities, as well as vote — just by providing them an address.


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Michael Myers

Michael Myers is a managing director at the Rockefeller Foundation, coordinating strategies for the Foundation’s work in the U.S. and leading the global Transforming Health Systems initiative and transportation issues in the U.S.

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