Chan Zuckerberg Biohub invests $50 mln to prevent diseases

Last Updated: February 10, 2017
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Chan Zuckerberg Biohub was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, this non-profit medical research structure invests now $50 million for the class of the 47 specialists who will investigate children’s diseases.

Facebook’s founder and his spouse are going to help cure all diseases in our children’s period of time. The foundation Chan Zuckerberg (CZ) Biohub’s activity aimed to realise the idea ‘planet without disease’, that’s why 47 scientists, technologists and engineers were funded to find a solution how to avoid the diseases.

The class of these professionals will be working at three Universities across the US (Stanford, California-San Francisco and Berkeley), this team includes almost 50 percent women and 15 percent underrepresented minorities.

The first announce of this financial initiative appeared, of course, in Zuckerberg’s Facebook account:

“We’re investing $50 million in this first class of investigators. This programme will provide five years of funding to some of the most innovative researchers,”

Mark wrote on Wednesday.

According to Facebook CEO, Stanford division is responsible for analysis of massive quantities of genomic data, UCSF medical specialists will investigate the issue of malaria’s spreading, an engineer from Berkeley will design the tools for the deeper understanding of the human biology. One of the ideas is the foldable microscope of miniature size, said Mark.

Each specialist in CZ Biohub project receives up to $1.5 million in funding for R&D activity and an expertise, plus the five-year appointment. Joseph DeRisi, co-president of CZ Biohub, stressed that:

‘CZ Biohub investigators share our vision of a planet without disease.’

Mark Zuckerberg is the 32-year-old billionaire, his net worth is estimated to be $53.6 billion as of 2017, ranking him the 5th richest person on the planet.

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