Facebook CEO has launched “Chan Zuckerberg Initiative” last year with his wife, Chan Zuckerberg. Now they have announced in a press conference in San Francisco to invest more to boost basic research. Facebook Couple to Invest 3 Billion Dollars to Cure Diseases. Zuckerberg and Chan wanted to eliminate, cure or prevent disease by the end of the century.
Facebook Couple to Invest 3 Billion Dollars to Cure Diseases
“Mark and I spent the past two years talking to scientists ranging form Nobel Prize laureates to graduate students,”
Chan said during an emotional talk at UCSF.
“We believe that the future we all want for our children is possible. We set a goal: can we cure all diseases in our children’s lifetime? That does’t mean that no one will ever get sick. But it does mean that our children and their children should get sick a lot less. And that we should be able to detect and treat or at least manage it as an ongoing condition. Mark and I believe this is possible within our children’s lifetime.”
According to Mark Zuckerberg, heart disease, infectious disease, cancer, and neurological diseases are the leading causes of death. So, an investment in basic science research and building new tools will advance progress in fighting them more quickly.
“It’s going to take years before the first tools are built, and years after that before the first diseases are treated. We have to be patient.”
The initiative’s scientific efforts will be led by Dr. Cori Bargmann, a neurologist who was most recently at Rockefeller University in New York.