Facebook founder and Priscilla Chan pledge $3bn to cure all diseases

first_imgFacebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan on Wednesday pledged more than $3 billion towards a plan to “cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children’s lifetime.”Zuckerberg introduced the world’s richest man, Bill Gates as a partner to their initiativeHis wife Ms Chan said that she hoped to spare parents the pain she had seen while delivering difficult news as a pediatrician.Mr Zuckerberg said that science and the medical community have made rapid advancements over the last 50 years, including eradicating smallpox and nearly eliminating polio without the aid of modern technology. He further said that progress could be made with the right technology is stopping diseases causing majority of deaths such as cancer, heart disease and neurological diseases.Ms Chan and Mr Zuckerberg will donate $600 million over the next decade to the Biohub in San Francisco, bringing together Bay-area researchers and scientists from the University of California at San Francisco, the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University. Irish times reportslast_img