Vasalgel: Building the right team

With a year of animal efficacy studies done on Vasalgel male contraceptive, we’ve demonstrated its feasibility — and it’s time to build momentum!

But it takes a strong team. First up, we have engaged a manufacturing expert who recently did good work for another contraceptive social venture. He’s a down-to-earth type: no drama, just gets things done. He has already secured a manufacturer for a March start for “fill and finish” of Vasalgel for the upcoming clinical trials.

We’re also talking with people who have experience guiding medical devices through this stage of regulatory interaction and clinical trials. As Vasalgel enters the big-time, it’s good to have the right team. But hiring experts gets expensive.

How can you help? Spread the word to any social investors you know! Parsemus Foundation’s director is out doing the same: first up is the Latin American Impact Investing Forum this week, then biotech/medical device investing conferences in Silicon Valley in March, and in London in April.

The ideal social investor is someone committed to Vasalgel’s dual mission: financial sustainability, but also affordability of the final product. It’s about making a return on investment while improving the world — not making a killing. Such investors could be successful individuals who are motivated to see Vasalgel on the market for their own use, or family foundations interested in ecology, poverty alleviation, unintended pregnancy, or men’s and women’s reproductive health.

We’ve already made a couple of very interesting connections in response to the last newsletter. Thanks for spreading the word!

Linda Brent, PhD

Executive Director, Parsemus Foundation

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