Mark Zuckerberg Helps Launch The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation

By David Cohen 

Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg teamed up with Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin, Apple Chairman Art Levinson, technology investor Yuri Milner, and 23andMe Founder Anne Wojcicki (Brin’s wife) to launch the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation.

According to a post on Fast Company that Zuckerberg linked to in a post on his Facebook page, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation will award 11 individual rewards of $3 million to participants in life-saving research.

Zuckerberg posted:

Our society needs more heroes who are scientists, researchers, and engineers.

We need to celebrate and reward the people who cure diseases, expand our understanding of humanity, and work to improve people’s lives.

That’s why Priscilla and I are honored to partner with Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Art Levinson, and Yuri Milner to create the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

At $3 million per prize, it’s the largest prize for this work in the world. I’m hopeful that this serves as a blueprint for prizes and philanthropy in other fields, as well.

Milner told Fast Company:

Young people will hopefully get the message that not only the careers in sports or entertainment can get a public recognition.

And he told The Guardian:

I have two very close relatives with very bad diseases, one of them is cancer. This is part of my personal connection with this prize.