Published: Fri, February 10, 2017
Health | By Constance Griffith

Zuckerberg's non-profit invests $50 million into researching deadly diseases

Each of the CZ Biohub researcher will receive a five-year appointment and up to $1.5 million in funding to conduct life science research in their respective areas of expertise.

The project comes five months after the pair said they would invest around $3 billion over the next 10 years into a series of science-led projects created to "cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children's lifetime".

Now, the Biohub has announced the names of 47 investigators receiving the initial round of funding, including 15 researchers from Stanford's School of Medicine and four Stanford faculty members from other schools.

As a non-profit medical research organization, the CZ Biohub is establishing policies to ensure the rapid dissemination of its research results. The group consists of 22 junior investigators and 25 senior investigators.

Biohub works with three renowned academic research institutions to produce scientific studies, including the University of Central Florida, the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University in California.

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"CZ Biohub Investigators share our vision of a planet without disease", said Joseph DeRisi, co-president of CZ Biohub and professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UC San Francisco. As Biohub grows, it will also look to work with other research institutions.

In addition to its Investigator program, the CZ Biohub is pursuing large-scale collaborative projects, including the Infectious Disease Initiative and the Cell Atlas.

Dozens of newly hired scientists will be put at the forefront of groundbreaking technological research for a variety of diseases, including malaria, for which Biohub is reportedly developing biochips to track the transmission of the virus. We find and support the best and brightest biologists, scientists, engineers and technologists.

The Cell Atlas project is helping to build an global collaboration that will map the cell types of the human body. The organization's goal is to advance human potential. "No one would have predicted it would be the actual key technology to most of the bold new innovations in healthcare that are coming down the line", Scott said.

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