These are a couple posts from last month. What is interesting is the difference of the dollar amounts here, $65 million more for a procedure for cats and dogs. Any money and donations of course are appreciated, but could the good doctor being relaying a message here? His announcement came the day after the X-Prize announcement and he felt that 10 million was not enough for anyone to stop what they are doing and pay attention.
Also, as a a retired Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon who created and patented a number of surgical instruments, I’m sure he had his days of working with patients too on getting procedures and claims paid. Anyway, from these 2 publications, it appears the cats and dogs have it, as it seems to also be a one item focus giving scientists the ability to work in one specified direction with monetary help along the way. With many of the current R and D positions being cut or moved outside the US, this could be a nice incentive for those who remain or can possibly be a way to find work on a heavily funded project. BD
From my prior post:
It was just yesterday I posted about the Healthcare X-Prize for 10 million and this sure over shadows that amount by a long shot, and this might be a less complicated issue as it has only one point of focus and everyone would win. Nice comments too on his healthcare foundation which has funded more than $110 million in research and discovery, most of it related to hereditary diseases. BD
A very rich, very impatient retired surgeon wants the pet overpopulation solved. So Gary Michelson has put a hard-to-ignore enticement on the table: $75 million. The person or group that comes up first with a safe, one-time non-surgical means to sterilize male and female cats and dogs gets $25 million, Michelson's non-profit Found Animals Foundation will announce today at the National Spay/Neuter Conference in Chicago. And up to $50 million more will be available to support the research of one or several individuals who come forward with plausible approaches.
No one will stop what they're doing and turn their attention to this problem for $10 million. That's not enough," says Michelson, 59, a retired Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon who invented and patented hundreds of surgical instruments, won an infringement case in 2005 and landed at No. 317 on Forbes' 400 Richest Americans list last month.
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