Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces First Grants To Fund 47 Researchers

The Guardian: Ambitious Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to combat disease is about to be tested
“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitious $3bn aim to ‘cure, prevent, and manage’ all disease in one generation is about to take shape in a $600m ‘Biohub’ in Silicon Valley. The project’s conceit, that encouraging audacious science will usher in a ‘new era of accelerated progress in science and health,’ is about to be tested. The first 47 researchers to receive grants, announced Wednesday, have a head-spinning diversity of specialties — from fields as far-flung as big data computer science to the biochemistry and nutrition of wheat…” (Glenza, 2/8).

Nature: ‘Riskiest ideas’ win $50 million from Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
“…Forty-seven investigators will receive up to US$1.5 million each in the next five years from the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a partnership between the couple’s Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and three universities: Stanford, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco. Together, the biohub grants announced on 8 February total more than $50 million…” (Maxmen, 2/8).

ScienceInsider: Chan Zuckerberg Biohub funds first crop of 47 investigators
“…Biohub co-president and UCSF infectious disease specialist Joe DeRisi says the goal is not to supplement what researchers are already doing, but to allow them to explore ‘blue-sky’ areas. Although some awards went to already-well-funded faculty, many winners are young scientists striving to get grants, he says…” (Kaiser, 2/8).

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