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May Monthly Meeting

Billionaire-Backed Science

Monday, May 1, 2017

6:00–7:30 pm


Dinner provided for attendees!


A handful of extremely wealthy individuals with a philanthropic bent are turning their attention to research and development. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician, will funnel $3 billion over 10 years towards biomedical research through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. John Arnold, a hedge-fund manager, wants to address efforts that have struggled to attract funding from traditional sources, such as reproducibility studies. Others are taking on their own risky ventures – Jeff Bezos will invest $1 billion per year into his own rocket company.

Will billionaire-backed science bring to life important projects that have been neglected by both government grants and industry funding? Will these investors – many of them with no formal training in the sciences they seek to support – conduct proper due diligence? Finally, will their interest be sustained enough to make meaningful impacts on any field? Join us to discuss these questions and more!