Government Investment In Scientific Research, Innovation Vital To Global Health, Development Efforts
Gates Notes: Science is the Great Giver
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the role of science and innovation in global health and development efforts, writing, “The importance of scientific research … stretches far beyond global health. Supplies of energy, water, [and] food … are all problems that must be solved by science. And research into information technology can improve productivity in ways that lead to new jobs, economic growth, and educational gains as well. Whether the research is in global health or agriculture or information technology or energy, the dynamic is the same. … I want to urge leaders … to take on our biggest problems through dramatic increases in scientific research — because we know that government-funded research can create jobs now, meet public needs soon, and lead to economic growth far into the future” (10/20).