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Gates Foundation To Invest $52M In German Biotech Company, To Work Together To Develop Infectious Disease Vaccines

Reuters: Gates Foundation makes its biggest-ever equity investment in German biotech “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said it would invest $52 million in CureVac, a German biotechnology company that develops vaccines and immunotherapies, marking the foundation’s biggest-ever equity investment. … The foundation will also fund multiple projects developing vaccines…

PMI Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary Of Accelerating Progress Against Malaria

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Celebrating PMI and a Decade Progress against Malaria David Brandling-Bennett, deputy director of the malaria program at the Gates Foundation’s infectious diseases division, discusses the success and progress of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary and launches its…

CDC Leads Consortium Aimed At Eliminating Malaria From Hispaniola By 2020

CDC Foundation: Consortium Aims to Eliminate Malaria on Hispaniola by 2020 Starting With $29.9 Million Grant to CDC Foundation “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is leading a consortium of malaria partners aiming to eliminate indigenous cases of malaria on the island of Hispaniola by 2020. Acceleration…

Innovation, Integrated Interventions Needed To Tackle NTDs

Devex: What not to neglect in tackling NTDs “…[Dirk Engels, head of WHO’s NTD department,] suggested turning to innovative financing streams such as development impact bonds or performance-based financing. … But he cautioned against limiting innovation to mobilizing resources. Further, the global health community shouldn’t fixate on targeting diseases individually,…

GHIT Joins Gates Foundation In Grand Challenge Against NTDs, Pledges Initial $4M For Drug, Vaccine Development

SciDev.Net: Japan joins Gates’s Grand Challenge on tropical diseases “The Gates Foundation and Japan [on Thursday] launched a Grand Challenge to tackle neglected diseases, with an initial funding pledge of U.S. $4 million supplied jointly with Japanese companies. … The Tokyo-based Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund, of which the [Gates…

Gates Foundation CEO Discusses Gates Annual Letter In Two-Part Podcast

In a two-part series, “Gates Foundation CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Mariette DiChristina talk about the [issues] set forth in its recently released annual letter.” Scientific American: Every Life Has Equal Value (Part 1): Gates Foundation CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann (DiChristina/Mirksy, 1/30). Scientific American: Every Life Has…

Gates Foundation Awards Stanford University $50M For Vaccine Development Efforts

Reuters: Gates Foundation awards $50 million to Stanford vaccine discovery “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said on Friday it had awarded Stanford University a $50 million grant to accelerate vaccine development efforts for the world’s most deadly diseases, including AIDS and malaria…” (Cavaliere, 1/30).