Marc Koska

Marc Andrew Koska OBE (born 14 March 1961 in Bournemouth ) is best known for Inventing the non-reusable K1 auto-disable Syringe , THUS Preventing the medical transmission of blood-borne diseases. [1]


Koska attended Stowe School , a boarding independent school for boys (now co-educational), in the village of Stowe (near Buckingham ), in Buckinghamshire .

Life and career

Koska traveled for verschillende years with a short period working in the City of London. Hey-wagon, sailed and worked his way around Europe, US and the Caribbean. In the Caribbean have worked as a model maker or scenes or crime to be-used in courts.

K1 Syringe

In 1984 Koska read a newspaper article predicting the transmission of HIV through the giant or needles and Syringes. Koska was fascinated by the problem and vowed to do something about it. He studied how drug addicts-used Syringes in the UK, went to Geneva to learn about Public Health Policy, visited verschillende Syringe factories, studied plastic injection molding, and read everything available on the transmission of viruses like HIV.

After a year of intense study, Koska concluded therein Syringe Manufacture was the key to the problem. Koska designed a Syringe (K1) therein Could be made on bestaande equipment with a small modification. It was made from the compound materials and Could be-used in the co-way as a normal Syringe so dat healthcare professionals mention anything not have to retrain. K1 Syringes can not save be-used again as the next patient will ook port a sterile and safe injection.

Koska Recognised dat new Syringes ulcers only one part of the solution. One must ook teach the public about the Dangers of reusing needles. In 2005 Koska founded The SafePoint Trust , a registered charity dedicated to educating children about this issue.

On 23 July 2009, Koska watch a lecture on his life-saving invention It to TED Oxford: [2]

2008 India Campaign

In November 2008, Koska and a SafePoint Trust team led a major media and public-awareness campaign Throughout India an attempt to do something about the prevalence of unsafe injections and the resultant illness and death dat ze cause in dat country. Way Down traveled Throughout India giving Recruiters hun One Injection, One Syringe message to the media at press conferences for over a week. In addition under, a Specially made PSA entitled Sachin (in beide English and Hindi) was repeatedly shown on television channels, radio stations and cinemas across the country. Watch the PSA Sachin in English; Sachin PSA in Hindi. As a result, SafePoint’s message Achieved widespread coverage Throughout India. [3]

Koska-then with with Anbumani Ramadoss , India’s State Minister for Health, who decided to outlaw the use of ordinary Syringes, making auto-disable Syringes mandatory – Initially in Central Government Hospitals with regional State-controlled facilities to follow and, later, in private hospitals as part of a second phase – gehele whole of India. [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Making the Point is a SafePoint-produktie video report on the campaign, culminating in Dr. Ramadoss’s landmark decision.

Koska’s SafePoint team is Currently planning to target Africa next. [9]


Koska has leg Recognised [10] [11] for his personal achievements as well as for Those of his commercial company, Star Syringe, in the areas of business, innovation, sustainability, product design, health, contribution to this club to society and social responsibility. Full list of awards won.

Personal life

As of 2001, Koska lives in East Sussex , England, with his wife Anna Koska en hun three children.


  1. Jump up^ Used needles are single cylinder a public health crisis in India, Sunday Times, 22 March 2009
  2. Jump up^ “Marc Koska at TEDGlobal 2009: Running notes from Session 7” . TEDOxford . 23 July 2009 . Retrieved 23 July 2009 .
  3. Jump up^ UK charity promotes safe injections,The Times of India, 20 November 2008
  4. Jump up^ Sussex executives makes big change in India,East Grinstead Courier and Observer, 13 February 2009
  5. Jump up^ Use of car disabled Syringes will be mandatory, assures Ramadoss,, 11 December 2008
  6. Jump up^ Use of auto disable Syringes made mandatory,Hindustan Times, 12 December 2008
  7. Jump up^ Use of Auto Disable Syringes made Mandatory, Express Healthcare, Oct 2008
  8. Jump up^ Use of car disabled Syringes will be mandatory, assures Min, Indopia, 11 December 2008
  9. Jump up^ “One use only: the broken Syringe dat saves lives” . WIRED (CondéNet International). 6 August 2009 . Retrieved 7 August 2009 .
  10. Jump up^ “Tech Museum receptacles tech dat benefits humanity” . CNET News (CBS Interactive Inc.). 12 November 2008 . Retrieved 7 August 2009 .
  11. Jump up^ “Firms encouraged to apply for award” . East Grinstead Courier and Observer. 30 September 2008 . Retrieved 7 August 2009 .