Final Report – December 31, 2018

Status

This report announces that the Activity for Innovation and Economic Growth is closed effective this past December 31, 2018. George Handy will continue to be active in cooperation among Poland, other European countries and the United States through his role in the Polish-based NGO, the Alliance for Innovation.

Overview

The Activity for Innovation and Economic Growth (AIEG) was founded in 2007 by George W. Handy who has been the Managing Director and is the author of this final report. The report is organized in two parts: The basic descriptors of AIEG’s 11 years of operation, and the list of the 48 AIEG projects and events completed between 2007 and 2018. The completed projects are organized in two parts with the first reflecting AIEG emphasis in and with Poland that includes 36 of our 48 projects. The second part identifies 12 projects involving 26 countries other than Poland. The major subjects for the Poland projects were health care, innovation and associated IT applications with oncology being the lead area for health care. AIEG’s primary roles have been to organize and communicate with emphasis on relationship building to attract the participants who would share their experience and expertise in AIEG’s projects and events. Among AIEG’s final projects has been to assist in the start-up of the Polish-based NGO, the Alliance for Innovation (AF). George W. Handy is the President of the AFI Supervisory Board. 

Basic Descriptors of AIEG

Our Purpose: To strengthen innovation and economic growth within the Euro-Atlantic community through projects that provided practical improvements to policies, practices and communications. Emphasis has been on education, relationships and results with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe and also limited work with Central and South America, the Middle East and North Africa.

Designation: AIEG is a tax exempt, nonprofit organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. 

How We Have Worked:

· Practical Projects: 

o Identification of mutually important opportunities.

o Building relationships in support of those opportunities.

o Assisting in the formation of joint teams and development of funding.

· Improved Conditions: Organization of projects to enable more rapid progress from idea to completed research to delivered product or service. 

· Efficient Operations: 

o Effective use of email and telephone conferences with regular progress reports.

o Limited, well organized face-to-face meetingsEach year between 110 and 140 working meetings were held in the US and Europe.

Summary of our Results since Start-Up in July 2007: 

· 48 Projects and Events Completed: Subjects included innovation, health care, energy, transportation, e-government and other ICT applications, trade, customs operations, financial management, national defense and emergency management.

· 36 of our Projects and Events Have Focused on Poland.

o 25 of our Polish projects focused on Health Care with Oncology as the lead subject.

· 12 of our Projects Involved the Countries of: Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Lithuania and Ukraine along with one time projects involving 16 countries from Central and South America (Earthquake Disasters) and 4 countries from North Africa and the Middle East (e-Government).

· 3 of our Projects on Tobacco Control and Cessation involved 13 countries from Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

· Sharing experience: Participation in projects and events and communications about these activities created opportunities for sharing experience. Examples of key subjects for which extensive sharing took place include: pharmacogenomics, precision medicine, patient centric care and education and pathology reporting.

Benefits from a Strong Network of Leaders and Experts:

· AIEG’s Network Averaged 300 Leaders and Experts: Engaged in sharing experience, providing expertise and participating in projects and events.

· Participants: 

o Drawn from 34 countries.

o Included 40 Universities and Institutes engaged in health care.

o Represented public and private sectors.

o Experts from the UK, France, Canada, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania contributed to AIEG projects.

Management and Collaboration:

· Guided by board members: 

o Dr. Anders Aslund

o Dr. Norman Neureiter 

· Projects depended on collaboration with public and private organizations.