Bill Gates is stepping down as head of Microsoft in less than three months, and he has big plans for how he's going to spend his time, says this post at Wired. At a speech on Monday at the Institute for Systems Biology, Gates told the crowd that he would devote his full energy to his foundation and to encouraging technology and biology to get pharma to develop more drugs for infectious diseases in the developing world.

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