Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Hire Scientists To Cure, Prevent, Fight Diseases

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Feb 11, 2017 10:20 AM EST

There are a lot of diseases that, until today, still have no cure, and some illnesses still don't have enough vaccinations developed. Thankfully, billionaires across the globe are working towards a goal that could change that.

Fortune reported that one of those generous billionaires is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who aims to cure all diseases. Along with his beautiful wife, Priscilla Chan the couple then launched a $3 billion Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative.

The couple then established another entity with the aid of the CZ Initiative named under “Chan-Zuckerberg Hub” to be made possible to be established in California. It was then noted that the CZ Biohub is aided by top medical institutions namely, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of California at San Francisco.

The CZ Biohub program is then funded with another $50 million in order to hire 22 junior investigators, 25 senior investigators, in which there are 21 women and 26 men totaling to 47 scientists. These scientists who are identified to receive grants of up to $1.5 million each are then assigned to freely give their riskiest and most exciting ideas.

The CZ Biohub program with the vision of curing, preventing or managing every disease aims to accomplish the goal by 2100. In order to achieve that goal, it was described in the CZ Biohub official site that “many of these high-risk projects will involve the invention of new tools and new techniques that accelerate the pace of scientific discovery.”

With that said, renowned Microsoft founder slash billionaire, Bill Gates also wants to work toward the same goal. Yahoo wrote that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched since 2000 was the largest privately funded organizations in the world. Funding over $108 million they launched the Global Health Investment Fund to develop drugs, vaccinations and diagnostics.

Alongside the Gate Foundation are partners JPMorgan Chase & Co., GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and the Pfizer Foundation. It was also noted that Bill Gates had also invited fellow billionaires, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bridgewater Associates Chairman Ray Dalio to eradicate other diseases such as polio. In which this partnership raised an additional $70 million to accomplish such goal.

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