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marc kosca I


nspirational entrepreneur Marc Koska has saved millions of lives and earned himself worldwide recognition through


the invention of the single-use syringe. The healthcare hero, who recently


moved into an 11-acre farm on the outskirts of Dittisham with his family, spent 17 years battling to get his auto-disable syringe on the production line. Despite years of rejection, the


60-year-old persisted in developing his revolutionary product, fighting ignorance, bureaucracy and vested interest every step of the way to create a highly successful and innovative company whose sole motivation is to save lives by eradicating the spread of a killer virus. From a young age Marc had a mission to do something meaningful with his life. In the early ‘80s he became aware of the plight of millions of people globally who were carrying the AIDS virus and read that the deadly practice of reusing syringes was spreading the virus like wildfire. It proved to be a seminal moment. Marc was 23 years old and


after unfocused schooling, working in various jobs, travelling and sailing yachts, he had found his calling.


He had the simple but brilliant idea


of a ‘smart syringe’ that locks and breaks after one use, therefore preventing the transmission of disease. His idea was a game changer. And it


could be manufactured on the same machinery for the same cost and used without additional training.


How one man’s vision saved millions of lives and transformed the world of medical injections. By Ginny Farrell


“I always had a


mission to try and find a big problem in the


world, and try and see if I could create, not a complete solution, but maybe an intervention for something.”


Today 14 factories around the world supply hundreds of millions of the K1 syringe each year and Marc’s invention has been credited with saving more than 10 million lives. In 2005 Marc created the Safepoint Trust which aims to educate people all over the world on the importance of injection safety and to stop the re-use of syringes. Having changed WHO


(World Health Organisation) policy and best practice on the ground through advocacy and campaigning, he is now a recognized expert in the field. Marc has received


honorary doctorates from Brighton University and the University of Sussex as well as multiple awards including The Economist’s Innovation Award, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, and the Fogarty Institute for Innovation’s Tech Award. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for his


contribution to global healthcare. Helping to reduce the spread of HIV and other blood-borne infectious diseases,


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