A summit hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to set a goal of at least $7.4 billion to go to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Numerous major global biopharma companies reported first-quarter 2020 earnings. Typically, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the companies, although not necessarily in a straightforward way. Many of the companies reported increased sales for the quarter as customers increased stockpiles and inventory in preparation for the pandemic, while other forms of sales and clinical trials were negatively impacted. Here’s a look.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced plans to invest $200 million over four years in support of affordable gene therapies for sickle cell disease and HIV.

Vir Biotechnology priced the company’s initial public offering (IPO) at $20 a share, at the bottom end of expectations, the latest underwhelming investment performance for a stock held by SoftBank Group Corp.’s Vision Fund.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation granted Watertown, Massachusetts-based Lyndra Therapeutics a $13 million grant to develop a once-a-month oral contraceptive.

Spero Therapeutics and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation teamed up to take on the challenge of a lung infection designated as a critical concern by the World Health Organization.

Germany-based Evotec SE followed up a string of collaborations with pharma companies with the $90 million acquisition of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-backed Just Biotherapeutics Inc.

Researchers with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York have had promising results with a cancer vaccine.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Jeff Bezos’ Day One Fund teamed up to donate $15 million to the Diagnostics Accelerator as part of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

W2O – an innovative, analytics-driven, digital-first marketing and communications firm – announced an extension and expansion to the $50,000 three-year commitment to the Future Leaders in Healthcare Fellowship Program that it offers in collaboration with The LAGRANT Foundation. LAGRANT is an organization focused on increasing the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, communications, marketing and digital.