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Report: Pharma is improving medicines access, but progress is uneven

Monday, November 17, 2014 02:30 PM

The world’s leading pharmaceutical companies are doing more to improve access to medicine in developing countries, with a raft of new initiatives, scale-ups and innovations over the last two years. However, the industry struggles to perform well in some practices that matter, according to the 2014 Access to Medicine Index, published by the Access to Medicine Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands that aims to advance access to medicine by encouraging the pharmaceutical industry to play a greater role in improving access to medicine in less developed countries.

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GHIT Fund calls for greater collaboration on infectious diseases

Friday, November 14, 2014 10:43 AM

The Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund and the Embassy of Japan have called for greater cross-border collaboration to ensure global preparedness for the inevitable resurgence of infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awards PATH $156M for malaria research

Friday, November 7, 2014 01:23 PM

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, of Seattle, Wash., has awarded $156 million to PATH, a Seattle-based international nonprofit organization, to support the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) in building new vaccines that will interrupt the cycle of malaria parasite transmission and help realize the "accelerating to zero" agenda. Such vaccines would ensure parasite reintroduction is prevented by providing what could be called an "immunological bed net."

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Gates Foundation commits $50M to support emergency response to Ebola

Friday, September 12, 2014 01:13 PM

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to commit $50 million to support the scale up of emergency efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and interrupt transmission of the virus.

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Kymab receives $40M investment from Wellcome Trust, Gates Foundation

Monday, May 19, 2014 01:25 PM

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust each invested $20 million in Kymab, a monoclonal antibody biopharmaceutical company, to enable Kymab to maximize its Kymouse platform and advance its proprietary pipeline of first-in-class therapeutic human monoclonal antibodies in areas of significant unmet medical need, including cancer and inflammation.

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Critical Path Institute receives grant for tuberculosis treatments

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 01:31 PM

The Critical Path Institute, an independent nonprofit that catalyzes innovative ideas to accelerate the speed of drug and medical product development, has received a three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will be used to develop quantitative mathematical models to optimize the design of clinical trials and tackle challenges facing the development of effective tuberculosis (TB) treatments.  

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G-FINDER report: Governments cutting funding for neglected disease R&D

Friday, December 13, 2013 02:03 PM

The sixth annual G-FINDER survey reported both good and bad news on global investment into R&D for new neglected disease products. The good news is that global funding for neglected disease R&D totaled $3.2 billion in 2012, thanks to an increase in funding from repeat survey participants of $92.1 million (up 3.2%) over 2011 levels—a positive change as global investment in neglected disease R&D had been declining since 2009. But in 2012, non-U.S. government funding fell by $52.6 million (down 12.4%), with 11 governments cutting or freezing funding. Since the global financial crisis, total investment from this group has fallen by 20% ($90.6 million).

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GSK, Gates Foundation partner for vaccine thermostability

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 11:16 AM

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have formed a joint initiative to make vaccines more resistant to heat, thus reducing the need for refrigeration. GSK and BMGF will invest a combined $1.8 million in early stage research into vaccine thermostability.

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WHO prequalifies first Chinese-produced vaccine

Friday, October 11, 2013 02:13 PM

A newly accessible vaccine against Japanese encephalitis is going to protect more children in developing countries. The vaccine, manufactured in China, needs to be given in only one dose,  can be used for infants and  is less expensive than other Japanese encephalitis vaccines.

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Global Health Investment Fund launched for late-stage vaccines

Friday, September 27, 2013 10:59 AM

A new investment fund structured by JPMorgan Chase and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will, for the first time, allow individual and institutional investors the opportunity to finance late-stage global health technologies that have the potential to save millions of lives in low-income countries.

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