Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have vowed to give away $3bn to fund medical research over the next decade. They said their ultimate goal was to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century”.
Ms Chan added that they had already committed $600m to creating a new research centre called the Biohub, which will bring together engineers, computer scientists, biologists, chemists and other innovators.
The couple announced in December 2015 that they planned to give away 99% of their shares in Facebook to fund good causes following the birth of their daughter.
Tech leaders are seemed to be showing more interest in health sectors for last few years.
Earlier in the week, Microsoft said it intended to “solve” cancer by using artificial intelligence tools. Google is working with the NHS to find a way to use computers to diagnose diseases.
And IBM and MIT announced a tie-up earlier this week to develop AI-based systems that could help clinicians improve the care of elderly and disabled patients.