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December 15, 2021

King & Spalding Advises on Formation of Center for Global Health Innovation

King & Spalding advised on the legal formation of the new Center for Global Health Innovation ("the Center"), a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing together global health, health technology and life sciences leaders to improve health outcomes. King & Spalding served as outside counsel for the merger that created the Center and consulted with the Center on other issues and considerations. Among others, the Center's private partners include Delta, Deloitte, IBM, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Academic partners include Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech and other University System of Georgia Schools.

Among other divisions, the Center includes the Global Health Crisis Coordination Center (GCH3). GHC3 was tasked by the CDC Foundation to share information and coordinate resources between public health, private sectors and philanthropic organizations during the coronavirus crisis. GHC3 brings together private industry and public sector experts to improve resource coordination, enhance emergency preparedness and coordinate pandemic response. King & Spalding has advised GHC3 on efforts to enhance vaccine and testing equity and its collaborations with private and non-profit partners. In addition, King & Spalding attorney Rebecca Gittelson serves on the GHC3 advisory board.

The Center recently unveiled the Global Health Innovation District, a first-of-its-kind physical hub in Midtown Atlanta that will bring together the city’s robust players in the private, nonprofit, academic, healthcare, and global health sectors. With its new physical presence plus its existing focus on high-stakes healthcare issues, CGHI has positioned itself to help attract industry leaders, along with economic development and job opportunities, to Atlanta. Located across the street from a public transit station and on the shuttle line for Georgia Tech and Emory, the Innovation District will occupy two hundred thousand square feet in a 47-floor high-rise building. It will be home to the Center’s new headquarters, cutting-edge laboratory space, a state-of-the art conference center and training facilities, food and coffee services, and office space for NGOs, corporations, venture firms, investment offices, academic partners, and business. The Center is set to move into the new research space in winter 2022.