Parsemus Foundation works to advance innovative and neglected medical research. The foundation’s focus is on supporting small proof-of-concept studies and then pursuing press coverage of the results, so that the advances change treatment practice rather than disappearing into the scientific literature. Many of the studies we support involve low-cost approaches that are not under patent. When supporting development of technologies under patent, Parsemus Foundation coordinates with larger funders to make sure support is contingent upon strong public-sector pricing agreements.
Current areas of focus are contraceptive development (particularly long-acting nonhormonal male methods); nonhormonal contraception/nonsurgical sterilization for animals; and an alternative to aromatase inhibitors after breast cancer for better quality of life. And that’s not all– additional projects are listed in the page links above. Applications for support are by invitation only except where specifically noted. Please see Our History page for selected highlights and milestones.
Having control over when I have children is the foremost thing in my life. I place great value on having freedom of choice and freedom from worry. Also, being a person with not much money living in a third world country, a cheap contraceptive is imperative…
Anonymous, South Africa
As a male I would not take any contraceptive that altered my hormonal balance. And the idea of getting a MONTHLY injection – are you crazy??? (This is probably why surveys come back saying there’s limited interest in male contraceptives – given that sort of choice, I’m not interested either!). However, a one-time injection (every 5-10 years) such as RISUG/Vasalgel that does not mess with the hormonal balance, and is reversible… what’s not to like? Sign me up, NOW please!
Terry S., Australia
I do not wish to further my genetic line due to a severe bleeders disease, which also makes normal vasectomy a no-go…
I would like the opportunity to be more intimate with my partner and condoms bar that, beyond the conventional ‘doesn’t feel as good’ argument. However, I am extremely concerned about the failure rates of the Pill due to human error and would like to take some responsibility for my future finances into my own hands without being abstinent.
New college graduate, age 22, Florida, USA
I want control of my fertility that is safe, convenient to use and totally effective. That way I can be in control of my life rather than putting it in the hands of women and government agencies.
S. Gee, South Korea
I am a woman and as a migraine sufferer, my contraceptive choices are limited to IUDs or progestin-only pills. Since I experience unwanted side effects with these, we rely on condoms. A longer-term “no-worry” solution would be much preferred. It would be worth the cost as opposed to an unwanted pregnancy!
Sara D., married, no kids, Ohio, USA
Successful reversal of Vasalgel male contraceptive in rabbits For immediate release: Vasalgel’s prevention of sperm transport in the vas deferens for 14 months was reversed through an injection of sodium bicarbonate. Sperm concentration and motility returned to baseline. Results of a study of a promising new male contraceptive called VasalgelTM were published today in Basic… Read more
Press Release Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 20:00 EST New contraceptive Vasalgel provides effective birth control in rhesus monkey groups for more than one year: report from California National Primate Research Center Results of a study of Vasalgel in rhesus macaques were published today in Basic and Clinical Andrology. Vasalgel is being developed by a social… Read more