About the Speedometer Initiative

The Launch and Scale Speedometer aims to systematically analyze the factors that support or hinder the introduction and scaling of interventions, including but not limited to drugs, diagnostics, and devices, to address critical global health challenges.

The primary goals of this project are to:

  • obtain high-quality data on launch and scale-up trends of health interventions globally;
  • generate and share valuable insights to improve launch and scale pathways; and,
  • increase collaboration and accountability across the health sector for achieving efficiency and effectiveness for launch and scale so that interventions reach the people who need them more quickly and efficiently.

In addition to the quantitative and qualitative research on specific health interventions, Speedometer research will also focus on the introduction and scale-up trends of interventions in India an Ethiopia.

The Launch and Scale Speedometer is led by the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

the global health field radically underestimates what it takes to scale an intervention.

Duke Global Health Innovation Center

Speedometer Team

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Udayakumar, MD MBA
Principal Investigator
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Bourget, MBA
Program Advisor
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Urli Hodges, MSPH
Program Lead
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Taylor, MSW
Assistant Director, Programs
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Ortiz, MD, MPH
Senior Manager
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Rajan, PhD, MPP
Senior Manager
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Biru, MSc
Associate, Research
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Manager, Program Operations


Thank you to all of the student learners and many others who have worked with us at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and supported the program over the years.

Senior Advisors: Don Goldmann, MD and Diana Silimperi, MD

Data, Communications, and Visualizations: RTI International, Burness, and Fiene Leunissen

Key Stakeholders: Speedometer

Advisory Board Members

The Speedometer Advisory Board consists of key stakeholders representing the global health community such as funders, product developers, global development organizations, investors, NGOs, and others.

The Board's role is to provide strategic guidance, pressure test key assumptions, support access to data, leverage their respective networks to engage a broad global health community, and support advocacy efforts for evidence-based change over time.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Greg Widmyer, Interim Director, Global Delivery
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Global Health Technologies Coalition
Jamie Bay Nishi, Director
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Google Health and Verily Life Sciences
Rob Califf, Head of Clinical Policy and Strategy, former USFDA Commissioner
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Grand Challenges Canada
Karlee Silver, Co-CEO
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Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Pierre Barker, Chief Global Partnerships and Programs Officer
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The Rockefeller Foundation
Jonathan Quick, Managing Director for Pandemic Response, Preparedness, and Prevention
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Ruchika Singhal, Vice President, Global Health and Medtronic Labs
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Praveen Raja, Head of Health Partnerships
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Results for Development
Nathaniel Otoo, Senior Fellow
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Tim Ring, Co-Founder
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USAID Center for Innovation and Impact
Amy Lin, Acting Deputy Director
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World Bank Group
Muhammad Pate, Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population; Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents
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Pfizer Foundation
Caroline Roan, President
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Jeff Bernson, Chief Programs and Innovation Officer