Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google co-founder Sergey Brin, along with their spouses, are among a group that's awarding $3 million each to 11 life-science researchers seeking to cure intractable diseases and extend human life, including several working at some of America's leading research hospitals.
Zuckerberg, along with his wife, Priscilla Chan; Brin and his wife, Anne Wojcicki; plus venture capitalist Yuri Milner have formed the not-for-profit Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation to recognize scientists and celebrate their achievements. The first year of the program will award $3 million prizes each to 11 individuals. The group will award five $3 million awards in subsequent years. Art Levinson, the chairman of the board for Apple, will serve as the foundation's board chairman. Each winner will be invited to make public speeches to a general audience to explain their research.