Episode 40: Exploring the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – Building, Funding, and Doing Science (RE-RELEASE)

Episode 40: Exploring the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – Building, Funding, and Doing Science (RE-RELEASE)

In this engaging episode of BIO from the BAYOU, host James Zanewicz, JD, LLM, RTTP, sits down with Marc Malandro, PhD, to explore the impactful work of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). Founded in 2015, CZI initially broadly aims to tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges to create a more inclusive, just, and healthy future. Having announced a next-phase on being a science-forward organization in January of 2024, Malandro is an increasingly key figure in CZI’s ongoing initiatives (at the time of the interview as VP of Science Operations and now serving as Chief Operating Officer for the entire organization).

Malandro also delves into the BioHub Network, which empowers scientists to pursue bold, high-risk ideas, and emphasizes the crucial role of collaboration in driving scientific progress. This episode was recorded at Bio on the Bayou, an annual event in New Orleans that highlights academic science, biotech innovations, and startups from the Gulf South region.

Key Highlights:

  • CZI’s Mission: An overview of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s goals to address societal challenges.
  • Build, Fund, and Do: Malandro explains CZI’s proactive approach to supporting scientific research.
  • BioHub Network: Insight into how CZI’s BioHub Network fosters innovative, high-risk scientific endeavors.
  • The Power of Collaboration: Discussion on how partnerships and collaboration are essential for advancing scientific discoveries.

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Learn more about The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and their next-phase with a “bolder, clearer identity as a science-first philanthropy.”

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