Mark Zuckerberg is lending his name and fortune to support developments in life sciences. He and his wife, Priscilla Chan, join Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Brin's wife Anne Wojcicki, and famed venture capitalist Yuri Milner as founding sponsors of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. The prize, a $3 million financial reward, will be given out annually to scientists working to cure complex diseases. This year, 11 scientists each received the prize.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg appeared on the panel without wife Priscilla Chan, who's also a sponsor of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Zuckerberg told attendees that he hopes to draw attention to important research that will extend human life, and wants to inspire the next generation of scientists.
Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe, is passionate about inspiring budding scientists to pursue groundbreaking research that will cure disease. That's why she's sponsoring the annual prize with her husband, Sergey Brin.