Eradicating or controlling disease has a new champion and that champion has a lofty long-range goal. It is brash, bold, long range and most importantly achievable. Here is the newly founded Chan Zuckerberg Science project mission statement:
“….to cure, prevent or manage all known diseases by the end of the century”
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and his physician wife Chan, have committed $3.0 Billion to launch this initiative. They intend to add enhanced engineering and technology to assist biomedical researchers in order to achieve this goal.
The doubtful followers should remember eighty years ago the four major killers were all infectious diseases, antibiotics were developed and they are no longer on the top ten lists. Strides in cardiovascular treatment in the last two decades are unprecedented as are new therapies in cancer treatment.
We welcome this new venture and look forward to great progress in disease cures and prevention.