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Indian government takes over immunization effort from Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is accentuating the positive after news broke that the Indian government is taking over from the foundation part of a years-long immunization initiative that vaccinates 27 million babies for diseases like measles and polio each year. Reuters reported that the move is part of a broader clampdown on non-governmental, and

Village Capital’s digital health entrepreneurs choose Certintell and LivWell Health

Well Being Digital health companies Certintell and LivWell Health will each receive $75,000 after being selected by their peers in VilCap’s three-month accelerator program. Certintell, based in Des Moines, Iowa, connects low-income Americans with care teams through text, pictures, and video. San Francisco-based LivWell Health provides platforms for post-acute and senior living providers. This spring,

Women’s Health is Human Health

That giant sucking sound you hear is hundreds of millions of dollars rushing out of clinics and health services around the world. The loss of $600 million in family planning and reproductive rights grants as a result of the Trump administration’s reimposition of the Mexico City policy is just the beginning. The so-called “gag rule,” which

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative makes an acquisition to free scientific research

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s status as an LLC, rather than a traditional foundation, enables it do things like acquire Meta, a private company, and make its entire trove of medical research free to scientists and students. The (perhaps eventually) $45 billion initiative of the Facebook founder and his wife is building a big ecosystem of

HCAP Partners invests in spas that offer massages — and good jobs

Masseurs and spa attendants can’t be outsourced or automated, at least not yet. HCAP, the California-based private equity firm formerly known as Huntington Capital, made an undisclosed mezzanine debt investment in Burke Williams, a chain of 11 spas in California. HCAP’s Frank Mora said management’s “considerable investment” in employees creates a strong company culture and

Abraaj expands health diagnostics in Pakistan

The big emerging-markets investor is targeting health services for the growing middle class. Its latest find: Islamabad Diagnostics Centre’s network of low-cost diagnostic centers. Abraaj plans to expand IDC’s network from 20 to 50 in the next five years. Public health tests in Pakistan are underfunded; private services are expensive or inaccessible. Abraaj did not

Neglected No More: Nudging Biotech Startups to Tackle Diseases of the Developing World

It was a game of cat and mouse — a very special mouse. The mus musculus in question was a transgenic laboratory mouse that researchers coveted for its human-like immune-system response. The cat was the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which after several unsuccessful attempts was determined to secure a supply of the mice to advance research