The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative just announced a new program informally called Chan Zuckerberg Science to invest $3 billion over the next decade to help cure, prevent, or manage all disease.The money comes from the $45 billion organization Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan started last year to advance human potential and equality.
The project will bring together teams of scientists and engineers “to build new tools for the scientific community” Priscilla Chan said. The plan includes a program called Biohub, a partnership between Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and UCSF that “will focus on understanding underlying mechanisms of disease and developing new technologies which will lead to actionable diagnostics and effective therapies.” "In his remarks, Mark laid out his vision for eradicating disease: bring engineers and scientists together to more swiftly build new tools to advance efforts to tackle leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, infectious diseases and neurological diseases."
I was particularly amazed by the big picture thinking and the systematic approach Mark and Priscilla put forward in tackling the biggest and oldest problem of all time, curing disease. Mark and Priscilla are following the footsteps of Bill and Melinda, with even bolder ideas and at a such a young age.
You can watch the full presentation of their annoucement on the below video.