Bill advises clients on public-private partnership strategy, including segment analysis, partner selection, collaboration frameworks and related global access commitments. Past and present clients include PATH and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill has advised on over 20 PATH projects across vaccine delivery, water and sanitation, reproductive health, diagnostics and nutrition since 2007.
A lawyer by training, Bill's career focus has been business development strategy in emerging market segments. From 1991 to 2001 he had responsibility at Microsoft for devising and implementing segment entry plans for server based business applications, the telephony/public networks/internet convergence, embedded systems and mobile devices, advanced interface technologies, and on-line services, and negotiated collaboration agreements and licenses related to those markets. Following Microsoft, he shifted his focus to the role of intellectual property rights in sustainable resource management and global health. Bill's teaching focuses on the relationship between technology and development, the tension between incentives and access, and the role of regulation, standards, and national innovation systems.