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Thandisizwe Mgudlwa – Cape Town, SA

Black healthcare entrepreneurs play a pivotal role in shaping a future where innovation becomes a tangible force, and the Global Black Impact Summit 2023 – which is organized by Energy Capital & Power – will connect the global healthcare community, forging partnerships and ushering in a new era of groundbreaking change, organizers said this week.

The healthcare sector has long stood as a vessel for innovation, driven by relentless efforts to prevent disease, promote health education and wellness while advancing global health security and resilience, revealed the Global Black Impact Summit (GBIS) 2023.


Research shows that this industry has been at the forefront of modernization, and in the field, Black entrepreneurs have emerged as trailblazers, bringing innovative solutions to tackling health crises, strengthening systems, and equipping people and communities with the tools they need to thrive.

Moreover, the global COVID-19 crisis in 2020 was a testament to the critical role the healthcare system and associated innovation and collaboration play. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the crisis represented one of the biggest health-related disasters in the world since the rise of modern medicine, leading to a dramatic loss of human life and presenting challenges to public health, food systems, and the world of work.

And in this time of unprecedented crisis, the strength of innovation came to the fore, as well as of collaboration and connection. WHO emphasizes that during times such as the pandemic, the world must remain committed to pooling our expertise and experience.

As such, the Global Black Impact Summit (GBIS) – taking place in Dubai from November 30 to December 1 – is centered around connecting the global Black healthcare community, celebrating the innovators and entrepreneurs who are shaping the industry today.

According to the Global Black Impact Summit, Black healthcare innovators have long played an instrumental part in strengthening healthcare systems, unlocking new levels of research and development while contributing significantly to modern medicine and treatment.

“Across the industry, the Black community’s inventive approaches continue to not only identify but also bridge critical healthcare gaps, fostering inclusivity while transforming challenges into opportunities. This underscores the community’s dedication to equitable and increasingly modernized healthcare solutions. From technology-driven telehealth to affordable treatments and education platforms, these entrepreneurs showcase adaptability, creativity, and a profound commitment to improving lives.”

Furthermore, taking a look at some of the Black healthcare innovators who have made ground breaking discoveries, developed creative tools and solutions while inspiring new levels of research and education, it is clear that the global Black healthcare community has and will continue to be at the forefront of driving transformational change.

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green. Image: /Ora Lee Smith/

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, for example, is a physicist and cancer researcher whose groundbreaking approach to employing laser-activated nanoparticles to target and eliminate cancer cells has changed treatment strategies worldwide.

In 2016, Green founded the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation, aiming to improve cancer treatment effectiveness with fewer side effects and make it accessible and affordable for all.


On the cardio-side, Daniel Hale Williams made history when, in 1893, he performed the world’s first successful heart operation, suturing a damaged artery while the heart still beat, revolutionizing surgery without modern tools.

The late Dr. Patricia Bath. Image: /Hunter College/

Dr. Patricia Bath, an ophthalmologist and inventor, developed the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment, an invention which has helped restore vision to millions worldwide.

Additionally, Dr. Cato Laurencin is a surgeon-scientist known for his pioneering work in regenerative engineering. Laurencin has made significant contributions to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, aiming to create solutions for tissue repair and regeneration.

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett is a viral immunologist who played a key role in the development of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett outside her laboratory. Image: /Harvard Public Press/

Her research focuses on developing vaccines for emerging infectious diseases. These individuals are just a few of the many inspiring and instrumental healthcare stakeholders who have changed the way we look at and approach medicine.

Going forward, says GBIS 2023, Black innovation is poised to inspire a new era of technology-driven health solutions, notes the Global Black Impact Summit. GBIS 2023, as a platform featuring innovators and thought-leaders from across the entire global economy, connects both the Black healthcare community while fostering engagement and integration between the healthcare industry and various other facets of the global economy. Specifically, by facilitating networking between healthcare and technology stakeholders, GBIS 2023 aims to foster new opportunities for integrated healthcare solutions.

The tech industry itself has played a crucial role in modernizing both health systems and medicines. Examples include the fusion of health technology and artificial intelligence which has paved the way for personalized medicine, predictive analytics, and remote patient monitoring.

These trends offer opportunities for inventive solutions customized to individual needs.As the world transitions into a tech-based future, GBIS 2023 plays an instrumental part in fostering the innovations of tomorrow, adds GBIS 2023.


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