Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, along with his pediatrician wife Priscilla Chan, are going to launch an ambitious campaign in order to spend $3-billion over the next decade in hopes to cure disease. The goal of the campaign is to “work together to cure, prevent or manage all disease without our children’s lifetime.” This statement was said during an event in San Francisco for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which is the couple’s philanthropic group.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Aims to Cure Disease Over the Next Decade
The wife of Mark Zuckerberg spoke while tears were flowing from her eyes as she recalled telling parents that their child had an incurable disease and could not be cured. Experiences such as these is what made her even more determined to work with scientists, researchers, and engineers to build new tools that could save lives before the end of the century.
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg, who then took to the stage after hearing his wife’s remarks, stated that both of them want to “make a better future for our children.” Part of the investment will let the couple fund a $600-million research center within San Francisco, and it is called Biohub. The center will be built in partnership with UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University. Cori Bargmann, neurobioligist, is signing on to the project as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s president of science.
To recall, back in December of last year, the couple celebrated the birth of a baby girl. Along with that, they gave a stunning announcement that they plan to give away most of their fortune through a new initiative. With this new initiative, the couple plans to “advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.”
The founder of the social networking platform, along with his wife, pledged to give away 99-percent of their Facebook shares in their lifetime. At the time of writing, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has already made investment in an African coding start-up company called Andela, as well as an Indian education start-up firm called Byju.
Both Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have already drawn parallels to the likes of Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his wide Melinda, who are also known for their philanthropic efforts. Upon hearing about the Facebook couple’s interests in ridding the world of disease, Gates praised them for “taking on another bold challenge.” The Microsoft CEO said the following statement: “This idea of curing and preventing all diseases by the end of the century, that’s very bold, very ambitious,” Gates said during remarks at the event. “I can’t think of a better partnership to take it on.”
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