The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $9.85 million to the Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology in Newark, Del., the center and Delaware Gov. Markell announced today.

The research center will use the money for clinical development of a malaria vaccine. The center, a division of Fraunhofer USA Inc., is a not-for-profit research organization.

According to The World Health Organization, 41 percent of the world's population lives in areas where malaria is transmitted, and each year more than one million people die from the disease, most of them young children in sub-Saharan Africa.    - Reid Kanaley