comscore Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan to invest $3 billion for an initiative to cure diseases
News

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan to invest $3 billion for an initiative to cure diseases

With an aim to leaving the world a better place for the next generation, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, have kick started an ambitious initiative, which aims at preventing or managing all diseases by the end of the century.

chan-zuckerberg-initiative

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, as part of their Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, announced that they are investing $3 billion towards the prevention and cure of diseases. The initiative aims to cure all disease by the end of the century. Zuckerberg said Together, we have a real shot at leaving the world a better place for our children than we found it. In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg talked about how modern science has made incredible progress in the last hundred years and how the correct technology can make it even better. The goal is to “work together to cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children’s lifetime,” Priscilla Chan, who is a pediatrician, said during an event in San Francisco for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which was also live streamed on Facebook. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to send

Also Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost

Also Read - You can now use WhatsApp web without your phone

In the direction of their initiative, the couple made a bunch of important announcements. They have got Dr. Cori Bargmann, a world-renowned expert in neuroscience and genetics, on board who will be leading the initiative. The first project of the initiative will be a Biohub. Zuck and Chan are investing $600 million in Biohub, which is a new research hub to bring scientists and engineers together from Stanford, UCSF, Berkeley, and the engineering team they have built at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, in order to build some tools like telescope, the microscope and DNA sequencing. The invention of these tools are aimed at helping the researchers see problems in new ways.

At the event, Chan spoke through tears as she recalled experiences from her profession, narrating instances where she had to tell parents that their child had an incurable disease or could not be revived. She said, experiences made her even more determined to work with scientists and engineers to build new tools that can save lives by the end of the century. Zuckerberg further wrote that the progress of the modern science has increased by 1/4 of a year per year since then, and if we only continue this trend, the average will reach 100 around the end of this century. However, he pointed out that presently, there are only four kinds of diseases that are causing the majority of deaths, and that he feels optimistic that they can be tackled with the right technology.

American business magnate and philanthropist, Bill Gates, also stopped by at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announcement yesterday. Zuckerberg dedicated a post to thank Gates for his presence and congratulated him and his wife Melinda Gates on their ongoing work and investments in eradicating diseases like polio and malaria. ALSO READ: Mark Zuckerberg s initiative invests $50 million in Indian tech firm Byju s

Last year, Zuck and Chan welcomed their baby girl Max with the stunning announcement to the world that they planned to give away most of their fortune through a new initiative to “advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.” Zuck and Chan had pledged to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares in their lifetime. So far, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has made investments in an African coding startup called Andela and Indian education startup named Byju to name a few. ALSO READ: Facebook hires ex-Yahoo executive, Anand Chandrasekaran for Messenger push

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel. Also follow us on  Facebook Messenger for latest updates.
  • Published Date: September 22, 2016 1:30 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 22, 2016 1:57 PM IST



new arrivals in india

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F22
Samsung Galaxy F22

12,499

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

21,999

Infinix Note 10 Pro
Infinix Note 10 Pro

16,999

Infinix Note 10
Infinix Note 10

10,999

Vivo Y73
Vivo Y73

20,990

OnePlus Nord CE 5G
OnePlus Nord CE 5G

22,999

iQOO Z3
iQOO Z3

19,990

Realme C25s
Realme C25s

9,999

Poco M3 Pro 5G
Poco M3 Pro 5G

13,999

Realme X7 Max 5G
Realme X7 Max 5G

26,999

Oppo F19
Oppo F19

18,990

Motorola Moto G40 Fusion
Motorola Moto G40 Fusion

13,999

POCO M2 Reloaded
POCO M2 Reloaded

9,499

OPPO A74 5G
OPPO A74 5G

17,990

Oppo A53s 5G
Oppo A53s 5G

14,990

Vivo V21 5G
Vivo V21 5G

29,990

Realme C25
Realme C25

9,499

Realme C21
Realme C21

7,999

Realme C20
Realme C20

6,799

Motorola Moto G60
Motorola Moto G60

17,999

iQOO 7
iQOO 7

31,990

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

21,999

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

69,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G
Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G

39,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X
Xiaomi Mi 11X

29,999

Realme 8 5G
Realme 8 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F02s
Samsung Galaxy F02s

8,999

Samsung Galaxy F12
Samsung Galaxy F12

10,999

POCO X3 Pro
POCO X3 Pro

18,999

Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro

17,999

Realme 8
Realme 8

14,999

Vivo X60 Pro Plus
Vivo X60 Pro Plus

69,990

Vivo X60 Pro
Vivo X60 Pro

49,990

Vivo X60
Vivo X60

37,990

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

64,999

OnePlus 9R 5G
OnePlus 9R 5G

39,999

OnePlus 9 5G
OnePlus 9 5G

49,999

Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72

34,999

Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52

26,499

Micromax In 1
Micromax In 1

10,499

Asus ROG Phone 5
Asus ROG Phone 5

49,999

Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Galaxy M12

10,999

Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30

10,999

Motorola Moto G10 Power
Motorola Moto G10 Power

9,999

Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G
Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G

25,990

Oppo F19 Pro
Oppo F19 Pro

21,490

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

18,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

15,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

11,999

Realme Narzo 30A
Realme Narzo 30A

8,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro

16,999

Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5

7,199

Samsung Galaxy F62
Samsung Galaxy F62

23,999

Samsung Galaxy A12
Samsung Galaxy A12

12,999

Nokia 5.4
Nokia 5.4

13,999

Nokia 3.4
Nokia 3.4

11,999

Realme X7 Pro 5G
Realme X7 Pro 5G

29,999

Realme X7
Realme X7

19,999

Vivo Y31
Vivo Y31

16,490

Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

35,990

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

1,05,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G

81,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

69,999

Vivo Y12s
Vivo Y12s

9,990

Vivo Y51A
Vivo Y51A

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M02s
Samsung Galaxy M02s

8,999

Xiaomi Mi 10i
Xiaomi Mi 10i

21,999

Oppo A15s
Oppo A15s

11,490

Tecno Spark 6 Go
Tecno Spark 6 Go

8,499

Vivo V20 2021
Vivo V20 2021

24,990

Vivo Y20A
Vivo Y20A

11,490

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G9 Power
Motorola Moto G9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G 5G
Motorola Moto G 5G

20,999

Vivo V20 Pro
Vivo V20 Pro

29,990

Xiaomi Mi 10T
Xiaomi Mi 10T

35,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9i
Xiaomi Redmi 9i

8,299

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

39,999

Infinix Hot 10
Infinix Hot 10

9,999

Vivo V20 SE
Vivo V20 SE

20,990

Vivo V20
Vivo V20

24,990

Micromax In 1b
Micromax In 1b

6,999

Micromax In Note 1
Micromax In Note 1

10,999

OnePlus 8T
OnePlus 8T

42,999

Samsung Galaxy F41
Samsung Galaxy F41

15,499

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

1,29,900

Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

1,19,900

Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Apple iPhone 12 Mini

69,900

Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12

79,900

Poco X3
Poco X3

16,999

Realme Narzo 20A
Realme Narzo 20A

8,499

Realme Narzo 20
Realme Narzo 20

10,499

Realme Narzo 20 Pro
Realme Narzo 20 Pro

13,999

Oppo F17
Oppo F17

16,990

Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung Galaxy M51

22,999

Best Sellers