By the End of the Century...

Image from Associated Press

Image from Associated Press

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan hope to cure all disease. All disease. Why the end of the century you ask? Well, besides the fact that it's a lofty goal, their daughter was born this past year and they want a healthier world within her lifetime.

That's a sacrifice worth $3 billion. 

In the official announcement (video embedded) Priscilla began the presentation by saying, “We are assembling teams that can build transformational tools that unlock a new era of accelerated progress in science and health.” In her emotional introduction, she outlines the reason they created the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) was for their daughter and for the children that Priscilla cannot save as an oncologist.

The main theme of this announcement is best shown with this quote from Mark:

Our society spends 50 times more treating people who are sick than on finding cures”

Thus, CZI was born with a team of leading scientists in the industry working with three main components, one of which is the Bio Hub. This aspect of CZI is heavily academic and research-oriented, bringing together top minds from Stanford, UCSF and Cal Berkeley.

The other two components of CZI include Transformative Technologies and Challenging Networks. The technology component is all about building new tools that can aide the scientific community in their progress to cure all disease. One such technology CZI is investing is is a “cell atlas” that helps with genomic research.

The last big component of CZI is the idea of Challenging Networks, for which the institution supports networks of investigators (virtual institutes and think tanks) with a common mission. Their ultimate goal is to have a team of 10-15 networks worldwide.

All of these components equal to CZI’s mission: to make a healthier tomorrow.


Watch the full video below: 

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