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Science Group Seeks to Guide Silicon Valley Philanthropists [via Nature magazine]

Erika Hayden from Nature Magazine interviewed Marc Kastner, president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, about the Alliance’s plans to increase private funding for basic science, and the role we played in advising the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative:

“Chan and Zuckerberg‚Äôs announcement showcases how the Science Philanthropy Alliance works. Initially, the pair considered funding translational research. But after conversations with the alliance, among other advisers, over many months, they decided to concentrate on fundamental research, especially the building of scientific tools and technologies. The alliance provided the couple with connections to scientists, as well as advice on defining basic research and how to structure and run a scientific advisory board.”