October 25, 2021
Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation’s Chief Innovation Officer Awarded Knighthood
(LOS ANGELES) – The Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation’s Chief Innovation Officer, Maurizio Vecchione, has recently been awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. The highest-ranking honor of the Republic, it is awarded for meritorious service or achievement in the fields of public service, economy, literature and the arts, as well as for social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities.
At a ceremony held at the Italian consulate in Century City, California, the title of Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana was bestowed upon Mr. Vecchione, where he received the insignia badge and ribbon of a Knight of the Italian Republic.
Maurizio Vecchione has worked for more than 30 years on the forefront of global and public health, focusing on innovation to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people. He has built global alliances for breakthrough programs in women’s health, infectious disease prevention and elimination, primary care, and chronic disease management and currently also serves as CEO of the Washington Global Health Alliance, a coalition of some of the leading institutions of global health.
In presenting the award, one of Mr. Vecchione’s many impactful health innovations was highlighted. This diagnostic technology uses artificial intelligence to extract data from cervical images taken by connecting a special device to an ordinary cell phone camera. The artificial intelligence model can then be used to predict the onset of cervical cancer with 98% efficiency, as opposed to the conventional PAP smears which are 60% accurate. Such an innovation has already benefited over 25 million women, in 111 countries around the world.