“Biomedicine has enormous promise for human betterment thanks to advances in molecular biology and genomics,” write genomics pioneer Eric Lander and philanthropist Louis Gerstner Jr. in The Wall Street Journal. “Whether we will fulfill these promises in time to benefit our children will depend on having both a flourishing NIH with increasing budgets and an unprecedented burst of passionate – and, yes, opinionated – philanthropy.”
By way of illustration, they note how funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) made the Human Genome Project possible, but private funding is necessary to translate this treasure-trove of information into understanding of brain disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and autism.
Read their full op-ed, “Private Money Pays Off for Medicine” (subscription access). Also see “Autism Speaks Harnesses and the Google Cloud for Genomic Breakthroughs” for the latest on Autism Speaks Ten Thousand Genomes project (AUT10K).