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Art Levinson, Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri Milner Announce the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
Date:2/20/2013

erg and Priscilla Chan , and Yuri Milner , who collectively have agreed to establish 5 annual prizes, US$3 million each, going forward.

Art Levinson , Chairman of the Board of Apple and Chairman and former CEO of Genentech, will serve as the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation, while additional directors will include Anne Wojcicki , Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner .

"I am delighted to announce the launch of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and welcome its first recipients," said Art Levinson . "I believe this new prize will shine a light on the extraordinary achievements of the outstanding minds in the field of life sciences, enhance medical innovation, and ultimately become a platform for recognizing future discoveries. I also want to thank our founding sponsors, Sergey Brin , Anne Wojcicki , Mark Zuckerberg , Priscilla Chan and Yuri Milner . Without their contribution, this prize would not have been possible."

"We are thrilled to support scientists who think big, take risks and have made a significant impact on our lives. These scientists should be household names and heros in society," said Anne Wojcicki .

"Curing a disease should be worth more than a touchdown," said Sergey Brin .

"Priscilla and I are honored to be part of this," said Mark Zuckerberg . "We believe the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences has the potential to provide a platform for other models of philanthropy, so people everywhere have an opportunity at a better future."

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