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Can Mark Zuckerberg’s Billions Cure All Disease in This Century?

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Hillary Eaton is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in VICE, Refinery29, LA Weekly and Complex. She loves writing about food, entertainment, travel and style.
Can Mark Zuckerberg’s Billions Cure All Disease in This Century?
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg take on disease. Photo Credit: Adam Berry/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Mark Zuckerberg and Patricia Chan shocked the world by unveiling a new project on Thursday, and it had absolutely nothing to do with Facebook or the tech world.

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The ultimate philanthropic power couple, who decided last year following the birth of their daughter that they will give away 99 percent of their fortune, have announced what their first major investment will be — and it’s a big one. You ready?

Chan and Zuckerberg have set the goal of curing all diseases in our children’s lifetime. Talk about having #powercouplegoals.

During a back-to-back presentation at UCSF, Chan and Zuckerberg outlined their commitment to invest $3 billion dollars into curing diseases, beginning with a $600 million initial investment in a new research center in partnership with UCSF, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, called the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub in San Francisco.

According to Chan and Zuckerberg, the Biohub will work to achieve its goals of curing all disease by engendering more collaboration between scientists in the medical field, building more advanced technology and growing the movement to create more funding for the project.

“The biggest breakthroughs take many years,” Zuckerberg explained to the crowd. “This is about the future we all want for our children. If there’s even a chance that we can help cure all diseases in our children’s lifetime… then we’re going to do our part.”

But Chan and Zuckerberg aren’t alone. Interestingly, another tech billionaire made a similarly unexpected pledge this week: Bill Gates, whose company Microsoft announced that they believe they will be able to solve cancer within the next decade by hacking it.

With other tech companies beginning to shift focus and invest money in disease, biotech and other medical research — such as Apple’s Repairkit or Google’s recent investment in the health and biotech sector — it looks like a healthier world for all of us may be on the digital horizon.

Live with Priscilla from San Francisco for a Chan Zuckerberg I...

Live with Priscilla from San Francisco for a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announcement.

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What Do YOU Think?

Do you think curing all disease is possible in our children’s lifetime? What do you think of Zuckerberg and Chan’s philanthropic efforts? Do you think the tech is the answer to solving disease? What do you think will be the hardest disease to cure? What do you think they will announce next?

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