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Zuckerberg Initiative Brings in AstraZeneca Director To Head The Chan Zuckerberg Science Division

By September 28, 2016 at 6:54 am
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The $3 billion health initiative foundation created by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan has recently hired one of AstraZeneca's non-executive directors to lead its science drive, Reuters reported.

AstraZeneca, A British drugmaker announced on Wednesday that Cornelia Bargmann would step down from its board next month to become the president of Chan Zuckerberg Science, part of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Leif Johansson, AstraZeneca's chairman, said the board was very sad to see her leave but understood Bargmann's decision to focus on the new assignment.

Zuckerberg and Chan announced their new initiative last week stating that their goal is to "cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children's lifetime".

Their plan echoes the big global health projects of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, another philanthropic endeavor funded by tech industry money which also tapped the pharmaceuticals industry in the past for leadership.

On the plus side, AstraZeneca also said it had hired Columbia University genetics expert David Goldstein to the consultative role chief adviser for genomics. Goldstein, who will continue his academic jobs, had previously served as chair of AstraZeneca's genomics advisory panel.

The company unveiled a 10-year plan in April for a massive gene hunt in the biggest bet yet by a drugmaker on the potential of genetic variations to unlock routes to new medicines.

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