A Seattle perspective of DFAT as a funder

Dr. Rintis Noviyanti (right) with her host Dr. Diana Hansen (left) at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Noviyanti spent three months as a visiting fellow from Indonesia collaborating with Hansen, Professor Alan Cowman, and Professor Wai-Hong Tham. Photo by: BVGH

CANBERRA — Seattle-based BIO Ventures for Global Health is one of the many partners supporting the delivery of Australia’s aid program. Established in 2004 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Biotechnology Industry Organization, its mission is to solve global health issues by forming connections between people, resources, and ideas. The organization connects scientists and researchers from low- and middle-income countries with private pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and life science companies.

“There is scarce funding out there and everyone wants to know that they aren’t just funding an organization that is going to write a few publications and articles and not evaluate the sustainability and impact of their program.”

— Jennifer Dent, president, BIO Ventures for Global Health

Through the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Re:Search program, BVGH is achieving its goals by establishing sustainable partnerships to facilitate the development of new medicines and technologies to fight neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis. It is through this global initiative that Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade became aware of BVGH and its potential to support Australian aid objectives.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.