Where it began
Sometimes big ideas take years to come to fruition. Other times a single chance meeting sparks an idea that changes everything.
While we may not have realized it at the time, the founding of The Arcady Group was both. Looking back, it’s clear that so many of our corporate experiences were preparing us for the work we do today. Yet, it all clicked when Bruce had a beer in a Princeton pub with Peter Small, who, at the time, worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bruce shared the work that he and his MWV team did to enable Walmart’s high-volume, $4 generic drug program. Peter asked a lot of questions about our process and the impact of the program, which he followed with “do you think you could do it again?” He wanted to know if the development, scale up, and measurement process we followed for Walmart could be replicated to bring global health innovations to bear for patients who need them most. Of course the answer was “yes,” and we’ve been on this mission ever since.