Humanosphere Discusses Gates Foundation’s Focus On Science, Delivery of Global Health

Writing in Humanosphere, Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist of the blog, discusses the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s focus on developing new products to fight diseases. Paulson writes, “The world’s biggest philanthropy has reorganized to devote its global health program, run by former Novartis executive Trevor Mundel, almost entirely to supporting research aimed at finding new drugs or vaccines. … The focus will continue to be on supporting innovative research and on infectious diseases, Bill [Gates] said in answer to one question [at the Global Health Product Development forum]. But that focus will incorporate a much more deliberate early-stage discussion about how the innovation will be designed to ensure it is not just a cool new technology the poor never see” (4/24).