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IWBI Assembles Task Force on Role Buildings Can Play in Reducing Health Burden of COVID-19 and other Respiratory Infections

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Former RWJF President and CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, UCLA’s Dr. Jonathan Fielding, 17th Surgeon General of the United States Richard Carmona, Harvard School of Public Health’s Joseph Allen to co-chair the effort to advance the role of buildings in protecting and enhancing health.

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Former RWJF President and CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, UCLA’s Dr. Jonathan Fielding, 17th Surgeon General of the United States Richard Carmona, Harvard School of Public Health’s Joseph Allen to co-chair the effort to advance the role of buildings in protecting and enhancing health.

COVID-19: How Companies Are Responding

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve on a daily and almost hourly basis, it is an “all-hands-on-deck” situation to mitigate the health crisis that requires government, nonprofits, business and individual citizens to act and support. As we all seek to better understand how companies can be a positive force during uncertain times, we’ve rounded up a few examples of companies stepping up to support coronavirus mitigation:

Profiles in Creating Possible: Julie Di Paolo is on a Mission to Understand Rheumatoid Arthritis and Other Inflammatory Diseases

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When Julie Di Paolo’s father was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory condition with limited treatment options, it sparked curiosity and drive that have carried forward into her career at Gilead, where she is Executive Director of Inflammation Biology.

“I realized how few medications were being developed to treat the drivers of inflammatory diseases, and how far away the field was from delivering curative therapy,” she recalls. “That still sticks with me today.”

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome and Mastercard Launch Initiative to Speed Development and Access to Therapies for COVID-19

COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will coordinate R&D efforts and remove barriers to drug development and scale-up to address the epidemic
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SEATTLE, March 10, 2020 /3BL Media/ – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome and Mastercard today committed up to $125 million in seed funding to speed-up the response to the COVID-19 epidemic by identifying, assessing, developing, and scaling-up treatments. The partners are committed to equitable access, including making products available and affordable in low-resource settings.

Perseverance in Rare Diseases at Sanofi

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There are 7,000 known rare diseases in the world that collectively affect 350 million patients. For these patients and their families, the journey can be long and challenging. 

Sanofi has pledged to help improve the care, the health and the lives of people affected by a rare disease for nearly 40 years. Even when a therapy has been proven to work, Sanofi continues to find ways to do more to advance patient care and improve quality of life. Its approach is simple and rooted in perseverance–one family at a time.

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There are 7,000 known rare diseases in the world that collectively affect 350 million patients. For these patients and their families, the journey can be long and challenging. 

Sanofi has pledged to help improve the care, the health and the lives of people affected by a rare disease for nearly 40 years. Even when a therapy has been proven to work, Sanofi continues to find ways to do more to advance patient care and improve quality of life. Its approach is simple and rooted in perseverance–one family at a time.

Alexion Announces Launch of Alexion Charitable Foundation and Calls for Grantees

Ahead of Rare Disease Day, new support becomes available to the rare community
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BOSTON, February 27, 2020- /3BL Media/ - Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN) today announced the launch of the Alexion Charitable Foundation to provide further suppo

Medtronic Employee Holiday Program Showcases Inspiring Patients

Each year, patients from around the world travel to Minnesota to share their stories about how medical technology has improved their lives.
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Chris Marion was waterskiing with friends in 2017 when choppy water caused him to fall, his head getting stuck in the handle of the rope. The force of the fall caused his skull to become separated from his spine, an injury more commonly known as an internal decapitation.

At the time, Marion didn’t realize just how seriously he’d been injured. But as a veteran firefighter and paramedic, he knew it wasn’t good.

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Public- and Private-Sector Partnerships are Key to Ending the HIV Epidemic

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Nearly a year ago, President Trump announced an aspirational goal in his State of the Union address: to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the U.S. by 75% within five years, and by at least 90% within 10 years. This goal is certainly ambitious – but it is not unreachable.

New York State Judge Meets Lifesaving Bone Marrow Donor for the First Time

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This emotional moment has been two years in the making and finally took place Saturday, July 21, when leukemia survivor Paul Feinman and 39-year-old, Anna Moritz, the woman who saved his life, were united in person for the first time.

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