Scaling the CZ Biohub

Scaling the CZ BioHub

In December 2021, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is also known as CZI  co-founders and co-CEOs Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg announced a 10-year project to develop the science and technologies to observe, measure, and analyze human biology in action.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded in 2015.

November 2019 | Co-founders and co-CEOs of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg speaking to a CZI employee. | Photograph by CZI.

The CZ Bio hub is currently based in San Francisco and is willing to expand its network in which the new bio hubs will be created bringing together leading scientific and technological institutions to address major scientific challenges with a time horizon of 10 to 15 years.

Steve Quake was the founding president of CZ Biohub from 2016 to 2021, along with Joe DeRisi. In 2022, Quake transitioned to his new role as president of the CZ Biohub network.

Quake has invented many measurement tools for biology, including new DNA sequencing technologies that have enabled rapid analysis of the human genome and microfluidic devices that allow scientists to efficiently isolate individual cells and decipher their gene expression.

Quake’s work in genome sequencing is highlighted in Euan Angus Ashley’s 2021 book, The Genome Odyssey: Medical Mysteries and the Incredible Quest to Solve Them.

CZ Biohub expects to receive a 10-year funding commitment in the range of $200–250 million, with an anticipated launch in 2023.

At the moment CZ is accepting Letters of Intent to create the next Bio Hub which will be based in the U.S but they are considering giving opportunities to other countries to participate soon. The deadline for the LOI is the 1st of April 2022.


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