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Steven Buchsbaum

Title Deputy Director, Discovery & Translational Sciences, Global Health Program
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Buchsbaum received a Ph.D. in Physics and a Master of Pacific International Affairs from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Buchsbaum has held positions at the Marine Physical Laboratory of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography; the Institute for Nonlinear Science at University of California, San Diego; the University of California, Santa Cruz; the Center for Material Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory; the Science Applications International Corporation; Bermuda Associates; and Draper Laboratory. 

Dr. Buchsbaum has served in the U.S. State Department as the Science and Technology Officer for South Asia as a Program Manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Dr. Buchsbaum was the Founding Director of the Office of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Defense in the Homeland Security Advance Research Projects Agency of the Department of Homeland Security. 

Dr. Buchsbaum was selected and served as a Science and Diplomacy Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also selected as an American Physical Society Congressional Fellow, and has been registered into the U.S. Foreign Service.  Dr. Buchsbaum is currently a Deputy Director for Discovery and Translational Sciences team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Posts By Steven Buchsbaum

Reflecting Back on a Grand Decade of Innovation

Nearly fifteen years ago, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched Grand Challenges—a landmark initiative to fund promising early-stage scientific innovations that could prevent, treat and cure diseases in the developing world.

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Grand Challenges: Fueling Innovation in Global Health and Development

Nearly fifteen years ago, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched Grand Challenges—a landmark initiative to fund promising early-stage scientific innovations that could prevent, treat and cure diseases in the developing world. As part of the launch of Grand Challenges, we, along with partners at the Wellcome Trust, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the Canadian Institute of Health Research, invested nearly half a billion dollars to kickstart 44 ambitious projects. In the more than a decade that has followed the initial 2005 investments, Grand Challenges has expanded to represent a growing network of independent, but collaborating, national Grand Challenge programs with investments in 87 countries.

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Adding to the Innovation Ecosystem: Announcing Five New Grand Challenges Calls

This month, we are announcing five new challenges that collectively provide some perspective on the scale and scope of our ambitions. We started Grand Challenges almost 15 years ago to encourage people with big ideas to concentrate on the problems that prevent the poorest from thriving. We invite you to apply to one of the challenges and join us.

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Bold Ideas to Tackle Health & Development Problems – Announcing The Next Wave of Grand Challenges Explorations Winners

Today we announce 51 Grand Challenges Explorations awardees from 16 countries reflecting lessons learned from the past 15 years.

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Big Ideas from Grand Challenges Explorations New Wave of Awardees

Great Ideas Come from Everywhere, 28 Grand Challenges Explorations projects from 11 countries are part of today's Gates Foundation's announcement.

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