The philanthropic initiative founded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, will spend $3 billion over the next decade in an effort to cure and manage all human diseases.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]Zuckerberg believes that “it’s not hard to imagine the modern tools required to accelerate breakthroughs in today’s four major disease areas. So we’re going to focus on bringing scientists and engineers together to build these new tools and technologies.”[/quote]The couple pledged the money as the next big investment by their philanthropic company, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which is also focused on education, poverty, and equality.
The Facebook CCEO says that “medicine has only been a modern science for about a century, and we’ve made incredible progress so far. Life expectancy has increased by 1/4 of a year per year since then, and if we only continue this trend, the average will reach 100 around the end of this century.
“Today, just four kinds of diseases cause the majority of deaths. We can make progress on all of them with the right technology”
“Throughout history, most scientific breakthroughs have been preceded by the invention of new tools to help us see problems in new ways like the telescope, the microscope and DNA sequencing”, he adds.
Zuckerberg believes that “it’s not hard to imagine the modern tools required to accelerate breakthroughs in today’s four major disease areas. So we’re going to focus on bringing scientists and engineers together to build these new tools and technologies.”
He therefore announced that Dr. Cori Bargmann, a world-renowned expert in neuroscience and genetics, is joining the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to lead this initiative as part of few steps in this direction.
“We are committing to invest $3 billion over the next decade in this initiative to help scientists cure diseases,” Zuckerberg says.
According to him, the first project will be creation of the Biohub. “We’re investing $600 million in a new research hub to bring scientists and engineers together from Stanford, UCSF, Berkeley, and the world-class engineering team we’re building at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, in order to build some of the new tools I mentioned above.”
“This is about the future we want for our daughter and children everywhere. If there’s a chance that we can help cure all diseases in our children’s lifetime, then we will do our part. Together, we have a real shot at leaving the world a better place for our children than we found it,” he adds.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a limited liability company founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan with an investment of “up to $1 billion in shares in each of the next three years”. Its creation was announced on 1 December 2015, for the birth of their daughter, Maxima Chan Zuckerberg.
The aim of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is to “advance human potential and promote equality in areas such as health, education, scientific research and energy”