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article imageBill Gates Foundation donates funding to wireless birth control

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 11, 2014 in Technology
Bill Gates has both contributed both ideas and funding for a device that would give women an easy way to access birth control. A long-lasting implant would be placed in the body and be switched on or off to release drugs with a wireless transmitter.
Sectors of the media such as Time are reporting that Bill Gates is backing the project and citing the MIT article as their source. However the MIT article does not say he's backing it, just that he contributed the idea for it. Instead the information on the backing comes from their donation to the project.
The device itself is surgically implanted into the body. It has a special remote keyed specifically to it which tells the device to either release or stop releasing a payload of birth control drugs into the system of a patient. The process is supposedly very safe although they are still waiting on federal testing.
This process started when Gates himself visited researchers at MicroCHIPS. He asked whether it would be possible to create a device such as this. They started work on it shortly after and received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Now they have a working prototype. The company itself focuses on creating new medical applications for our latest technology.
Birth control is a huge topic of interest for those working with the charity. One of their previous projects included providing condoms for those at risk. Family Planning is one of the many projects that they support on a grand scale.
Gates himself is known for donating extravagant sums through his charity. He is known as one of the most important charity activists in the world in addition to his other work.
MicroCHIPS researchers have completed their first clinical trial for the device. They are now seeking approval from the government. If they receive it we could see this product on the market very shortly.
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