Leap builds bold, unconventional programs and funds them at scale.

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Scientists and engineers, this is our Sputnik moment.

Leap builds bold, unconventional programs and funds them at scale.

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The U.K.’s Wellcome Trust has spun out a new nonprofit with a hefty seed fund and some big names to battle against “the most pressing global health challenges of our time.”

It starts life with $300 million in funding with former U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Director Regina Dugan coming on board as its lead and former Illumina CEO Jay Flatley talking the chairman’s role.

Programs that aim to deliver breakthroughs in human health over 5 – 10 years and demonstrate seemingly impossible results on seemingly impossible timelines.

Programs that require best-in-class, multi-disciplinary, global teams from universities, companies, and non-profit labs working together to solve problems that they cannot solve alone.

Leap is a DARPA for global health.

The right time.

On October 4, 1957, a beach-ball-sized satellite we know as Sputnik was launched into orbit. It inspired a new curiosity about a new frontier.

Sputnik was an inflection point. It led to one of the greatest periods of advancement in science and engineering in history. The world responded with bold missions to space. Gagarin, Shepard. Mercury, Apollo. And with DARPA.

Today, in the throes of a pandemic, we face our own Sputnik moment. And we must respond in kind. We need Apollo-like programs for vaccines, therapeutics, testing. And, new health advances for the future. We need a DARPA for global health

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