The Lab is the life science division of Humanity 2.0. Its overall mission is to accelerate human flourishing by optimizing key developmental periods in human life.

Rooted in science.
Inspired by humanity.

The mission of the Humanity 2.0 Lab is to save lives during pregnancy and build healthier humans over time by optimizing their surrounding environments. The Lab’s efforts target a key developmental period – prenatal development that occurs during pregnancy.
We believe that focusing our attention and resources to this critical yet overlooked window, as well as the time around it, will ultimately help to advance global health and accelerate human flourishing.

An innovation lab focused on designing science-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies.


2019 Humanity 2.0 Forum


Prof. Michelle Williams - Dean, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Morad Fareed - CEO, Humanity 2.0 Lab


H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, KUOM GCMG, 9th President of Malta


Humanity 2.0 Lab


Healthier Humans Panel
Michelle Williams, Dean of Harvard's School of Public Health on how the Humanity 2.0 Lab will achieve impact
  • Prof. Michelle Williams

    Dean of the Faculty

    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


What is the
Humanity 2.0 Lab?

The Humanity 2.0 Lab will spread best-in-class solutions to address issues related to human development. Specifically, given that pregnancy and the time periods surrounding it are of utmost importance for human development, and that not enough progress has been made in optimizing these periods to ensure maximal human potential to thrive, maternal health will be the priority of the Lab. Other key human development areas will also receive attention in the future.

The Humanity 2.0 Lab’s primary function is not to identify more evidence or facilitate further discussion around the state of affairs: We believe that the problem is clear, and it is time for action. The Lab seeks to move beyond knowledge and on to solutions.
The Lab’s model works to eradicate materno-toxic zones – environments and circumstances which negatively impact pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period with respect to women’s physical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual well-being, as well as children’s lifelong development. Indeed, the Lab’s goal is to go beyond triaging materno-toxicity but to raise the bar to introduce an optimal maternal environment as a global standard.

The Lab will operate on a project-based basis, focusing on a particular stakeholder and tailoring solutions to the stakeholder’s particular environment.

The Lab’s Model

The Lab will serve a series of important functions:


Measure.  The Lab will compile leading evidence regarding the indicators of materno-toxicity (and conversely, optimally healthy maternal environments) to develop a comprehensive and innovative methodology for assessing an environment’s materno-toxicity that encompasses multiple dimensions – e.g., social, physical, clinical, etc


Develop. The Lab will develop customized toolkits tailored to the drivers of materno-toxicity identified in step 1. The toolkits will take a holistic approach to improving materno-toxic environments by synthesizing leading science, methods, and technologies and translating them into action.


Capacity Build. The Lab will conduct trainings with member organizations – including both scientific trainings on current human development problems as well as practical trainings on the implementation of the Lab’s solutions. The goal of the trainings is to build capacity and accredit individuals or groups in identifying and mitigating materno-toxic zones and environments.


Distribute. Different social network groups – with a focus on faith-based organizations, corporations, and governments – will distribute the solutions, in collaboration with the Lab. These certified trainers in the field will maintain linkages to the Lab and will regularly share feedback, qualitative and quantitative data, and best practices.

Lasting Impact of the Lab

Reach a critical scale of at least 300m healthier lives within 10 years across 50 countries.

Ensure that quality maternal healthcare and access to reliable information becomes a basic human right.

Redefine maternal health as a human health issue and advocate that it never again be overlooked, underfunded, and devolve into an epidemic.

Establishing of a maternal health global checklist and certification standard that becomes adopted by leading healthcare providers and industries.

There is tremendous potential to impact the health of all people in the world through focusing our efforts on advancing maternal and child health outcomes. By re-thinking what a healthy maternal environment is comprised of and what factors contribute to materno-toxic environments as well as how to measure them, and by collaborating with a diverse array of key stakeholders to identify, prioritize, create and deliver the solutions aimed at improving the health of mothers and their children, we envision creating a healthier world for all.
Humanity 2.0 Lab will leverage the expertise of its collaborators in sharing knowledge and best practices to help build better environments and develop tool kits and education programs for dissemination through the Catholic Church’s channels and other platforms to reach pregnant women worldwide.

Humanity 2.0 Lab is a collaborative platform to guide the distribution and development of healthier environments for mothers, children, and families globally, so that all pregnant women and infants can not only survive, but flourish.

Lab Timeline

  • Humanity 2.0 Lab concept presented at the Vatican

  • Stakeholders meeting in New York City to discuss Lab plans and functions

  • Apr
  • Sep
  • Completion of the Lab White Paper with partners

  • Formal presentation of the Lab with partners at the Vatican

  • April
  • May

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