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In Blog Post, Bill Gates Discusses Value Of U.S. Investment In R&D, Innovation

Gates Notes: America’s Secret Weapon
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the value and impact of U.S. investment in innovation and research and development, writing, “My favorite example is health. America’s investment in this area creates high-paying jobs at universities, biotech companies, and government labs. It leads to new treatments for disease, such as cancer therapies. It helps contain deadly epidemics like Ebola and Zika. And it saves lives in poor countries. Since 1990, the fraction of children who die before age five has fallen by more than half. I think that’s the greatest statistic of all time, and the United States deserves a lot of credit for making it happen…” (4/18).