3 Billion Fund for Medical Research

IAS Prelims 2023

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $3 billion to fund medical research over the next decade.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – is a new project the couple created in December 2015 to give away billions in dollars for humanitarian cause.

The Biohub will initially work on two projects.

The first is the Cell Atlas, a “map” that describes the different types of cells that control the body’s major organs.

The second is the Infectious Disease Initiative, which will try to develop new tests and vaccines to tackle HIV, Ebola, Zika and other new diseases.

The ultimate goal is to cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century.

Zuckerberg and Chan started with a $600 million investment for a new research facility called the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub in San Francisco.

Zuckerberg predicted that by 2100, the average life expectancy would be beyond 100 years.