July 2018
The long-acting, nonhormonal contraceptive - for men.
CEO Ed Gillis travels to advance Vasalgel
Ed in Budapest
Dr. Wang, Dr. Li, and Ed Gillis at the 15th Congress of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health. (Photo by Dr. Nguyen)
Ed Gillis, CEO of Revolution Contraceptives, the social venture company tasked with developing Vasalgel for Parsemus Foundation, traveled to Paris this spring to exchange ideas with other male contraceptive innovators at the second International Congress on Male Contraception. He aimed to network with others in the field, learn about other male contraceptives in development, and help bring visibility to the need for robust funding. The latter was a hot topic among participants -- check out this manifesto. 

David Sokal, M.D., board chair of the Male Contraception Initiative (MCI), highlighted the development of Vasalgel in a presentation titled "Reversible Vasectomy Research and Selected Non-Hormonal Approaches." MCI is a thriving independent advocacy organization making targeted grants to support male contraceptive development. Parsemus Foundation and Revolution Contraceptives regularly refer people to its website for up-to-date info about what's in the contraceptive pipeline. 

Diana Blithe, Ph.D., chief of the contraceptive development program at the National Institutes of Health, gave a thought-provoking presentation on the landscape of hormonal products under development. 

Then it was off to Budapest for the 15th Congress of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health. A diverse array of scientific presentations on male and female reproductive health addressed the theme of "family planning and contraception from adolescence to the menopause." Ed was pleased to meet many of the attendees to network, learn, and introduce them to Vasalgel, including Christina Wang, M.D. of UCLA Harbor Medical Center, a leading researcher in the field of male contraception; Brian Nguyen, M.D., MSCP from the University of Southern California (USC), who is planning to start a clinic that serves both male and female family planning needs; and Raymond H.W. Li, MBBS, MMedSc from the University of Hong Kong. 

A few days later, Ed went to the 2018 American Urological Association Annual Meeting back in San Francisco to build relationships with urologists who work in the area of reproductive health. 

"These meetings were good opportunities for Revolution Contraceptives to meet, share ideas, and network with the world's brightest minds in the field of male contraceptive research," Ed says.

Media Roundup
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Vasalgel continues to enjoy wide media coverage. Here are some of the most informative and accurate articles:

by Claire Lampen, The Daily Dot, November 24, 2017

by Tanya Basu, The Daily Beast, December 25, 2017

by Alexandra Sifferlin, TIME, April 26, 2018

Small donations still key to our funding mix
Benevity and Facebook Fundraisers help
Fundraising Hands
As highlighted at the International Congress on Male Contraception, getting funding for the development of new male contraceptives is a major challenge. To maximize the social benefit of Vasalgel, our goal is to balance financial sustainability with product affordability. Yet as we continue our pre-clinical work and prepare for the first clinical trial, the funding needed is great -- which is why we will seek substantial financing from foundation and government grants, as well as social and early stage investors. But in the meantime, we continue to welcome (and rely on) small donations to the Vasalgel project.

Parsemus Foundation is now registered with Benevity, the global leader in online workplace giving, gift matching, volunteering, and integrated grant management solutions. If you work for a company that uses Benevity to match employee donations, you can now multiply (possibly even double) your support for a new male contraceptive.

Last summer we mentioned Facebook Fundraisers, a new tool that makes it easy for people to raise funds for causes they care about. Several of you raised funds for Parsemus Foundation to develop Vasalgel; check out this example from Jesse Hayes of Alabama, who wrote "I'm Donating My Birthday to Parsemus Foundation." Thanks, Jesse! Interested in doing something similar? Get started here.

We're working hard and are grateful for your support!

Sincerely,
the Vasalgelâ„¢ team
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