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.
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."