Mark Zuckerberg and wife commit US$3 billion to ‘cure all diseases’


Through a new initiative of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla are hoping to cure all diseases “in our children’s lifetime.”

They’ve committed US$3 billion to create new tools and technology required to cure, prevent or manage these diseases, especially the four kinds that cause the majority of deaths.

The first step in this fight is the investment of US$600 million to create the Biohub, a research hub where the aforementioned tools will be built.

Charged with building these tools are scientists and engineers from Stanford, UCSF, Berkeley, and an engineering team put together by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Dr. Cori Bargmann, a world-renowned expert in neuroscience and genetics, will join the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to lead this initiative.

“The science initiative is a long term effort. We plan to invest billions of dollars over decades. But it will take years for these tools to be developed and longer to put them into full use. This is hard and we need to be patient, but it’s important,” Mark said.

He added, “This is about the future we want for our daughter and children everywhere. If there’s a chance that we can help cure all diseases in our children’s lifetimes, then we will do our part. Together, we have a real shot at leaving the world a better place for our children than we found it.”

Founded in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s mission is to “advance human potential and promote equality in areas such as health, education, scientific research and energy”.

It started this by investing US$24 million in Nigerian talent accelerator, Andela, and then pumping US$50 million into Indian edtech startup, Byju.

This new initiative is in furtherance of its mission. Ridding the world of diseases might appear impossible, and maybe unthinkable, Mark is however very optimistic it can be achieved.

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