In 2001, former Microsoft physicist Nathan Myhrvold envisioned the possibility of a marketplace for invention, so he created the Bellevue-based multifaceted company Intellectual Ventures. The group has created groundbreaking technology in nuclear energy, communications, and global health. The Invention Science Fund incubator matches “hungry” CEOs with in-house inventions, work space, and funding to break out as new companies. Another arm of the company focuses on investing and licensing for patents. And the third aspect of the company, Global Good, is in partnership with Bill Gates and uses artificial intelligence to battle malaria and cervical cancer among the poorest populations in the world.

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