Male Contraceptive Initiative’s mission is, “to empower men, and couples, to fully contribute to family planning goals by providing them the resources they need for reproductive autonomy.” It is how we articulate our most hopeful vision of the future: one where there is reproductive autonomy for all people. This vision and associated mission directs our daily activities, which encompass financial support to the male contraception research community and advocating for the development of additional male contraceptives.
Our research support is focused on advancing promising targets through the drug development process. MCI’s funding ethos, which shapes our strategy and decision-making process is shaped by several of our organization’s core principles:
These core principles guide us to provide funding support that facilitates professional development for young investigators, de-risks early stage yet promising contraceptive targets, helps promising products navigate the pitfalls of traditional product development, and ensures equitable access to products irrespective of where they are needed and used. Together, these efforts keep talent in the field, foster new ideas, and help programs avoid the “valley of death” that affects many promising drugs.
Our multi-pronged approach to supporting the field of male contraception is designed for positive impact across all areas of developing and advocating for new male contraceptives:
In an editorial for the New England Journal of Medicine, Deborah Anderson, Ph.D., stated, “the time seems ripe for another contraception revolution to provide options for the diverse populations that are not currently being served by modern contraception.” We believe that our funding strategy allows us to play a prominent role in catalyzing the next contraception revolution, bringing products that allow us to achieve our vision of Reproductive Autonomy for All.