September 2020

£10m challenge to tackle future pandemics

Legal & General joins a coalition of global organisations aiming to protect a billion more people against health emergencies

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Legal & General has become a founding member of a coalition of the world’s leading businesses, academics and public institutions,
which is offering a £10m prize to fund breakthrough solutions that will better protect a billion more people against health emergencies like Covid-19.

During the current outbreak we have sought to help where we can, turning the Bruntwood SciTech innovation centre at Alderley Park, Cheshire, into one of the Government’s Covid-19 testing facilities and creating a £500,000 community fund to help charities and organisation like the Royal Voluntary Service in their efforts to support elderly and vulnerable people.

But the pandemic has laid bare the difficulties of identifying, responding to and recovering from such health emergencies. Because of this we have helped to launch The Trinity Challenge, led by former UK Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, which has challenged the world’s best and brightest minds to harness the potential of data and analytics to build resilience against future health emergencies.

Founding members

Convened by Dame Sally in her role as the Master of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, the Challenge has 22 founding members representing a coalition of world-leading organisations across the private, public and social sectors, united by the common aim of using data and advanced analytics to contribute to a world better protected against health emergencies.

The other founding members are: Aviva, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Brunswick, University of Cambridge, Discovery, Facebook, Global Virome Project, Google, GSK, HKUMed, Imperial College London, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Internews, LSE, McKinsey and Company, Microsoft, Northeastern University, Optum, Reckitt Benckiser, Tencent, and Zenysis Technologies.

The Trinity Challenge is calling on global participants to submit ideas on how to safeguard our health and economic systems from the threat of global health emergencies. Chosen submissions will be supported with access to finance, data and resources from founding members and will leverage the world-leading expertise and innovation of these institutions.

Challenge participants will focus on solutions that support and strengthen the global public health ecosystem in a robust and inclusive way. The best minds and ideas will come together with the aim of developing insights which will benefit the world in the future. Dame Sally says: “There will be another COVID-19, and there is an opportunity for the international community to learn lessons now and prepare for the future. The Trinity Challenge is a recognition by business, academia and philanthropy of the need for new, breakthrough ideas and approaches to beat the next pandemic."

There will be another COVID-19, and there is an opportunity for the international community to learn lessons now and prepare for the future”

Working together

The initiative reflects Legal & General’s longstanding belief in the importance of collaboration between people and organisation to tackle the issues our society faces. Participants will be organised into Challenge Teams, forging cross-geography collaborations which reflect a diverse set of backgrounds and specialisms. Data and analytic resources will be made available by the coalition to drive this new form of collaboration. From anywhere in the world, Challenge Teams will be able to partner with global experts, drawing on their resources and support.

The Trinity Challenge aims to provide solutions that reflect the holistic nature of future health emergencies. Challenge Teams will develop ideas, tools and insights relevant to each of the three stages of these emergencies:

  • Identification: Building early-warning systems and ground-breaking technologies to identify pathogens or outbreaks before they cause great harm.
  • Response: Developing insights and capabilities to target interventions with maximal effectiveness and at minimal cost.
  • Recovery: Strengthening the social and economic revival following health emergencies and constructing an equitable path toward an inclusive recovery.

The Trinity Challenge is a further cementing or our support for technological solutions and is now open for global submissions. The submission period will close in January 2021.

Developing science and technology for a more resilient and inclusive society was at the heart of Legal & General’s strategy long before Covid-19. As a partner in Bruntwood SciTech, we’re helping to develop a network of innovation districts across the UK, with our Alderley Park site in Cheshire serving as one of the government’s major testing centres for Covid-19.  We are also invested in a £4bn partnership with the University of Oxford, helping to bring affordable housing and improved innovation infrastructure to the city.

Through our £20m funding of a new Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC) at the University of Edinburgh, we are helping to bring together leading experts in order to improve later-life care. We’re also providing a further £5m to fund innovative, affordable living facilities for older people at our 24-acre Newcastle Helix development as well as a ‘new model’ care home in the city.

Watch the video message from Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Orgnisation, as he welcomed the opening of the Trinity Challenge and register your interest.

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