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Marc Koska OBE

Founder – LifeSaver

Marc Koska OBE

Marc Koska was born in Bornmouth, UK in 1961. From 1973 to 1978, he attended Stowe School in Buckingham, before he started working as a commodities banker for Merrill Lynch. From 1980 to 1984, he was a professional sailor and model maker.

In 1984, alarm bells rang for Marc when he read a newspaper article predicting the spread of HIV through re-using medical syringes. Appalled at the prospect of such an avoidable catastrophe, Marc decided to do something about it.

In 1984, he founded AGVEN Medical. Some 26 years later his solution the K1, an Auto Disable (AD) syringe, not only physically prevents re-use, but can be manufactured inexpensively, by using existing machinery and is now under license to 14 manufacturers. Conservative estimates credit Marc with five million lives saved and 10 million diseases prevented.

In 2006 he identified a glaring gap in the market and established The SafePoint Trust, a UK based not-for-profit that produces hard-hitting, public information films. Marc now spends all his time working with SafePoint on their LifeSaver campaigns lobbying for government legislation change, spreading public awareness and ensuring adequate healthcare worker training is in force to complete the changeover to a safe healthcare system. In 2007, he was awarded OBE for his contribution to Global Healthcare.

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