Bill Gates Helped Invent This Remote-Controlled Birth Control Device For Women
MicroCHIPS was originally creating this device to deliver drugs for the bone-thinning condition osteoporosis. The wireless part wasn't so much about turning the device off as it was about sharing data with doctors.But then Gates came along along and conceived of using it for birth control, too, Kinkead reports:
The idea for the device originated two years ago in a visit by Bill Gates and his colleagues to Robert Langer's MIT lab. Gates and his colleagues asked Langer if it were feasible to create birth control that a woman could turn on and off and use for many years. Langer thought the controlled release microchip technology he invented with colleagues Michael Cima and John Santini in the 1990s and licensed to MicroCHIPS might offer a solution.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has since backed the birth control device with grants totaling over $4.6 million. The startup MicroCHIPS also raised nearly $26 million in 2009 and 2010 from VCs, according to CrunchBase.
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