GREENWICH, CT--(Marketwired - Oct 24, 2016) - Spencer Trask & Co., a privately held advanced technology development company, today announced it will join UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a sponsor of the 2016 World Polio Day event hosted by Rotary International on October 24. This is the second year the company is sponsoring.
World Polio day is an opportunity for the 33,000 Rotary clubs around the world to focus on the eradication of polio. Rotary has been working on this international service project for decades with great success. A live stream of the event via www.endpolio.org will take begin at 6:00 p.m. ET from CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Guests will include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors, and others.
Spencer Trask & Co. Chairman Kevin Kimberlin has been personally committed to the eradication of polio since joining forces with renowned polio hero Dr. Jonas Salk in 1986.
"I was fortunate to work closely with Dr. Salk through a research company that we founded together," said Kimberlin. "Thanks to the Salk polio vaccine, the demise of one of history's most feared diseases is imminent, and victory will demonstrate that people from every country can set aside differences and join together to conquer a common foe."
To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1.4 billion to ending polio. Funds contributed to Rotary are tripled thanks to a 2:1 match by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit rotary.org and endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio. Video and still images will be available on the NewsMarket.
About Spencer Trask & Co.
Spencer Trask & Co. is a privately held advanced technology development company. The firm works with entrepreneurs, CEOs, corporate partners, venture firms and high net worth individuals to start and grow high impact ventures. Spencer Trask & Co. has been instrumental in the formative stage of companies that pioneered many technological and scientific advancements in the field of genomics, the transformation of healthcare, the Internet and open innovation.