In our May issue, James Aiken, the CEO of the Keystone Symposia, linkurl:wrote that; ?the long reach of Bill Gates? had ?finally touched the Keystone Symposia, and all of conference planning, really.? Aiken was writing a grant proposal to the Foundation, and they required him to show measured value for the conferences. Aiken went on to describe a method for quantifying the conferences? impact. When he tallied the results of the instrument Keystone used, the results were impressive: ?Conservative extrapolation to the entire Keystone Symposia season of meetings would suggest that at least $20 to $30 million in research funds is diverted to more effective use each year because of information learned at our conferences,? Aiken wrote. Those results seem to have impressed the Gates Foundation, too, which just linkurl:gave Keystone a $2.6 million grant; to expand its Global Health Series. According to the Foundation, the survey results were one...

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