Philanthropist donates $200M towards Harvard biomedical science

Nov 09, 2018

A foundation headed by philanthropist Len Blavatnik has given Harvard Medical School its largest gift, $200 million, with the overarching aim of transforming new medical discoveries into patient treatments.

The funding will support new initiatives and create an umbrella research organization called the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School. The initiatives will include support for emerging technologies that provide powerful new tools for researchers, support for techniques to analyze the massive data sets routinely gathered now, and funds to hire experts in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality for data-driven advances in medical science.

The incubator will offer resources for business building as well as expert advisers to any Harvard students, researchers and faculty interested in launching their own biotech and life sciences ventures.

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