Mark Zuckerberg philanthropy acquires AI startup for disease prevention

Jessica Kim Cohen - Print  | 

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative — an organization launched by Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan — is set to acquire the artificial intelligence startup Meta.

This agreement was announced on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Facebook page, in a post written by the organization's President of Science Cori Bargmann and Chief Technology Officer Brian Pinkerton. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded with the mission to cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century.

Meta uses AI to analyze scientific papers, which the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hopes will help scientists understand and prioritize the more than 4,000 biomedicine papers that are published each day. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will continue to develop Meta, while also making it more accessible to the scientific community.

"Meta will help scientists learn from others' discoveries in real time, find key papers that may have gone unnoticed or even predict where their field is headed," according to the post.

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