I don’t know if y’all knew this, but Mark Zuckerberg is rich AF AF AF. Like, can’t-fully-wrap-your-head-around-it-rich. The CEO of Facebook is the youngest billionaire in the world, with an estimated $51.8 billion net worth. To put that in perspective, according to CNBC, The Zucks has made $4.4 million for every day he’s been alive. You know how they say walk a mile in another man’s shoes? A literal mile walk in Zuckerberg’s shoes will probably earn you enough money to live off of for the rest of your life.
While speaking at a San Francisco event to announce the initiative, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced they will pledge more than $3 billion toward a plan to ‘cure, prevent, or manage all disease within our children’s lifetime.’
‘Today, just four kinds of diseases cause the majority of deaths,’ Zuckerberg added in a posting on his Facebook page, citing cancer, heart disease, infectious diseases and neurological diseases. ‘We can make progress on all of them with the right technology.’
The plan includes creating a bioscience research center, called the Biohub, developing a chip to diagnose diseases, and ways to monitor the bloodstream continuously and map cell types in the body.
Two initial Biohub projects will be a Cell Atlas, a map of cells controlling the body’s major organs, and the Infectious Disease Initiative to develop new tools, tests, vaccines and strategies for fighting diseases such as HIV, Ebola and Zika.
The Biohub will be led by University of California, San Francisco professor Joseph DeRisi and Stanford University professor Stephen Quake, whose work includes small molecule screening and biological measurements. Dr. Cori Bargmann, a Rockefeller University neuroscientist, will lead all of Chan Zuckerberg’s science initiatives.
Any research, tools and material coming out of Biohub, which will work with a network of 10 to 15 laboratories across the world, will be ‘available to every scientist, everywhere,’ Bargmann said.
Pretty dope move on behalf of the Zucks & his lady. At a certain point, you have more money than you can spend in an eternity, so you might as well start pouring it back into the well-being of society.