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Brin Wojcicki Foundation Announces $50-Million Challenge Grant to Michael J. Fox Foundation to Spur Progress Toward Parkinson's Cure
Date:5/31/2011

osity already has resulted in seminal contributions to the LRRK2 field by MJFF-funded researchers and an unprecedented level of collaboration among all players," said Todd Sherer, PhD, CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. "We are excited to take on this Challenge — which we hope will inspire others to give generously — so that we can deploy similar strategies in other high-priority areas of PD research."

Michael J. Fox said: "Anne and Sergey's generosity to our Foundation, through their personal contributions and this Challenge, defies description. On behalf of the millions Parkinson's patients and their loved ones who stand to benefit, I'm more grateful than words can say."

Mr. Brin is co-founder of Google. Ms. Wojcicki is co-founder of 23andMe, a personal genetics company.

About The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

As the world's largest private funder of Parkinson's research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson's disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Foundation pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program coupled with active global engagement of scientists, Parkinson's patients, business leaders, clinical trial participants, donors and volunteers.  In addition to funding nearly $240 million in research to date, the Foundation has fundamentally altered the trajectory of progress toward a cure. Operating at the hub of worldwide Parkinson's research, the Foundation forges groundbreaking collaborations with industry leaders, academic scientists and government research funders; increases Parkinson's awareness through high-profile advocacy, events and outreach; and coordinates the grassroots involvement of thousands of Team Fox members around the world. For more information, visit: www.michaeljfox.org.


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