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Annual Review 2011 - Wellcome Trust

Annual Review 2011 - Wellcome Trust

Year in briefAn overview

Year in briefAn overview of some of our activities in 2010/11,from research successes and public engagementcampaigns to the grants we have awarded andthe performance of our investments.75th anniversaryThe Wellcome Trust turned75 in 2011, and we celebratedwith events looking at pastachievements and futureambitions.Investigator AwardsWorld-class researcherswon flexible personalsupport in the first roundof Wellcome TrustInvestigator Awards.eLife journalThe Wellcome Trust, theHoward Hughes MedicalInstitute and the MaxPlanck Society announcedplans for a new open accesslife sciences journal, eLife.MRI for newbornintensive careAn MRI scanner smallenough to be used inneonatal intensive careunits is being developedwith Wellcome Trustsupport.1000 genomes – and moreAfter successful pilotresults from the 1000Genomes Project, the newphase is even moreambitious.Malaria study leadsto revised treatmentguidelinesThe largest ever clinicaltrial of patients hospitalisedwith severe malaria hasled the World HealthOrganization to changeits recommendations.Health InnovationChallenge FundThis Wellcome Trust–Department of Healthcollaboration has fundedexciting new projects ongenetics, acutely ill patientsand chronic illness.Twenty years of theChildren of the 90sA landmark longitudinalstudy of thousands ofchildren and their familieshas moved into its thirddecade.Dirt seasonWellcome Collection ranan exhibition and eventsseries exploring humanity’srelationship with dirt in allits forms.Healthy debatesTwo Strategic Awards aresupporting five-yearprogrammes encouragingpeople to debate issues inhealth and biomedicine.Funding and achievements1062 33Total grants awardedCountries receiving funding466 043Wellcome Collection visits161Fellowships awarded(or renewed)£122mVenture capital financesecured by grantholders forcommercialisation of R&D4402Scientific research papers associatedwith the Wellcome Trust(Published in calendar year 2010, indexed on PubMedand in Thomson Reuters databases)2 | Annual Review 2011

For more content related to thestories featured in the AnnualReview, see www.wellcome.ac.uk/annualreview.Key financials at a glanceNet asset value£12.4bnAs at 30September.£14.4bn£12.0bn £11.9bn£12.7bn £12.4bnFinancial summaryOur ability to support research andother charitable activities dependson the success of our investmentportfolio. We invest globally acrossa very broad range of assets andstrategies. In 2010/11, in the face ofcontinuing global instability, wewere pleased that our investmentportfolio recorded a total returnof 2%.Charitable funding committed in year£642mFor the year ended30 September.£520m£702m £720m £678m £642mWe have returned a total of 19%(annualised 6%) over three yearsand 24% (annualised 4%) over fiveyears to September 2011. Since theinception of our investmentportfolio in 1985, it has provided atotal return averaging almost 14%a year.Our annual grant-making budget isset by reference to a three-yearweighted average of our portfolio’svalue in order to smooth the effectsof short-term volatility. Over thenext five years we aim to commit inexcess of £3 billion for charitableactivities, but this will depend onour investment performance.For more details, see our Annual Report and Financial Statementsat www.wellcome.ac.uk/annualreport.Annual Review 2011 | 3

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