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MAY 22, 2003

$30 Million Research Effort to Develop New Tests for Deadly Infectious Diseases

GENEVA -- In response to the critical need for new tools to detect infectious diseases, the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced a new initiative focused on developing new diagnostic tests for the world’s most deadly diseases. The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) will work in collaboration with WHO/TDR, the diagnostics industry and other organizations to apply the latest biotechnology innovations to develop and validate affordable diagnostic tests for diseases of the developing world. The Gates Foundation has committed up to $30 million over the next five years to the initiative.

AUGUST 14, 2002

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Awards $4.6 Million to Institute for OneWorld Health for Drug Development in Fight Against Neglected Insect-Born Diseases

SEATTLE AND SAN FRANCISCO -- As an infectious disease outbreak raises public awareness and concern in the U.S., the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced two new grants totaling more than $4.6 million to the Institute for OneWorld Health (iOWH) to fund drug development that will treat two parasitic, neglected diseases – visceral leishmaniasis and Chagas.

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