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No more pills: Male contraceptive takes new approach
Date:5/12/2010

onsultant to contraceptive development programs, suggests cautious optimism: "There are a lot of questions to be answered still about ultrasound. How long does it act-- in men, as opposed to monkeys? How does it work? There's more human data on some of the new methods like RISUG for men or the new IUDs for women. But Gates is trying to do something new here-- give new ideas a chance."

Lissner agreed, and added a further question: Would fertility still bounce back after multiple uses over many years? "But the exciting thing is that we're getting started finding out. The smaller foundations don't have the money to get beyond proof of concept-- so Gates has really saved the day."

"With the Grand Challenges Explorations approach, they're taking a venture capital-style approach to funding new techniques. Not all the ideas will make it to market-- but if you never try, you'll never know. This day has been a long time coming."


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