Richard Klausner is resigning after three years as executive director of global health with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, officials said. He will leave at the end of the year. Klausner, a physician, is the subject of a congressional conflict-of-interest investigation into a $40 million federal contract awarded to Harvard University by the National Cancer Institute while he was director of the institute and a candidate for Harvard's presidency. He has said he recused himself from involvement in that contract, and has described the allegations as "baseless." A spokesman for the foundation said the resignation was not related to the investigation. The foundation was created in January 2000 by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, whose involvement in global health issues helped vault him to No. 2 on Modern Healthcare's ranking of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare in 2005. -- by Michael Romano
Klausner to resign from Gates Foundation
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