A Leading International Speaker Consultation & Booking Service

International Speaker Bureau

Tel: +44 (0)20 7607 7070

Search

Marc Koska

One of the most impressive and inspirational entrepreneurs in the world, Marc Koska faced and broke down bureaucratic barriers to fight AIDS, with his non-retractable syringe.

If you are interested in booking Marc Koska for your live event or require any additional information regarding Marc Koska then please fill in the enquiry form and one of the Speakers Corner booking agents will contact you within 24 hours.

Call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070
or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

Marc Koska Biography

For 27 years Marc Koska fought to stop the reuse of syringes. One of the most impressive and inspirational entrepreneurs in the world, Marc faced and broke down bureaucratic barriers to fight one of the most virulent contributors to the spread of AIDS, with his non-retractable syringe, which was endorsed by the World Health Organisation in 2015.

At the age of 6, Marc had a realization that he had to find a purpose and do something meaningful with his life. When he was old enough to read newspapers and watch the news, he became aware of the plight of millions of people in Africa who were carrying the AIDS virus, and his lightbulb moment came when he read that the deadly practice of reusing syringes was spreading the virus like wildfire.

What if a syringe couldn’t be reused, he thought? It took Marc all of three minutes to design a syringe that breaks when it’s been used,...

For 27 years Marc Koska fought to stop the reuse of syringes. One of the most impressive and inspirational entrepreneurs in the world, Marc faced and broke down bureaucratic barriers to fight one of the most virulent contributors to the spread of AIDS, with his non-retractable syringe, which was endorsed by the World Health Organisation in 2015.

At the age of 6, Marc had a realization that he had to find a purpose and do something meaningful with his life. When he was old enough to read newspapers and watch the news, he became aware of the plight of millions of people in Africa who were carrying the AIDS virus, and his lightbulb moment came when he read that the deadly practice of reusing syringes was spreading the virus like wildfire.

What if a syringe couldn’t be reused, he thought? It took Marc all of three minutes to design a syringe that breaks when it’s been used, but seventeen years to manufacture, patent and distribute the K1 Auto-Disable. Attempting to pull the plunger back up to reload the syringe causes it to break, rendering the syringe useless. Sounds like a no-brainer, yet investors, manufacturers and politicians were uncompromisingly adverse to a simple idea designed to save millions of lives.

With a story of sheer persistence, patience and resolve, Marc has battled through red-tape, incompetence and unwilling, to implement a product and a strategy that has compromised the spread of AIDS through Africa forever.

In 1996 he co-founded Star Syringe to license the technology to manufacturers around the world. Since 2001 more than 2.5 billion K1 syringes have been sold around the world, resulting in the prevention of an estimated 10m infections, and more than 8m lives have been saved. He has actively and successfully addressed an urgent human challenge with a successful policy changing effort.

Marc licenses manufacturers worldwide from his Ashdown Forest base. In 2006, he was awarded his OBE in the New Year’s Honour list for his ‘Contribution to Global Healthcare’.

Marc is a highly motivational and charismatic speaker, someone who has fought ignorance, bureaucracy and vested interest every step of the way to create a highly successful and dynamic company, and whose sole motivation is to save lives by eradicating the spread of a killer virus. Marc’s genuine lack of financial motivation is inspirational, moving and an admirably unique quality rarely seen in a thriving entrepreneur.
Marc has spoken at the TED Global Conference, The Zeitgeist conference, TED MED, INK, the DLD conference, and the European Union Innovations summit.

Films about Marc’s work have been shown internationally, including at the Royal Albert Hall as part of Peace One Day.

Marc has been awarded numerous awards including the International Visual Communication Association Award; International Business Award - Best Multi-national Company; Tech Award; Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade, and The Economist’s social & economic innovation award.

Marc featured on the film that accompanies The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee song – Stronger As One - first sung at the Commonwealth Observance Service on Commonwealth Day 12th March 2012 at Westminster Abbey – the official start of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

His Life Saver public awareness campaigns inform and educate governments and healthcare providers about risks their countries face, and propose possible solutions.

Marc's latest achievement is the adoption by the World Health Organisation of a new injection safety policy – using the 'auto-disable’ syringe.

Marc Koska has been selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Awardee. Of the 33 global awards granted there are only 2 from the UK.

For further information or to book Marc Koska, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

Read more

Related blog

Words of Wisdom from the Influencers

The Influencers. How to remain a compelling force to change opinion and behaviours when you're not speaking…

Ron Arad’s Rules For Innovative Thinking

Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architect Ron Arad has brought his style and strengths to the UK…

View all blogs

Other speakers you might like

  • Jessica Sansom

    Jessica Sansom

    Head of Sustainability at Innocent Drinks, Jessica is in huge demand as a conference speaker, focusing…

  • Erin Brockovich

    Erin Brockovich

    With her incredible story of taking on the bad guys and winning, Erin Brockovich is an inspirational…

  • Michio Kaku

    Michio Kaku

    Professor of Theoretical Physics and author of 'Hyperspace' and 'Visions', Dr Kaku explains his predictions…

  • Wayne Hemingway

    Wayne Hemingway

    Co-founder of fashion label Red or Dead and HemingwayDesign, Wayne Hemingway (MBE) did not become acclaimed…

  • Speakers Corner (London) Ltd
    Unit 31, Highbury Studios
    10 Hornsey Street
    London
    N7 8EL

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7607 7070 
    Fax: +44 (0)20 7700 8847 
    info@speakerscorner.co.uk

  • They understood our needs and requirements and were great at matching our expectations. Kingston University

  • Footer Logos

    assosciation-logos-square.jpg

Agile web development by Byte9

Top