Sean Parker is on a mission to solve cancer

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 9:36 AM

Cancer immunotherapy is his following huge bet. The Napster founder and former Facebook president persuaded hundreds of top scientists within various research universities across the U.

Sean Parker is on a mission to solve cancer

Sean Parker, the self-made billionaire who, at the tender age of nineteen, sparked the digital music revolution, has been at the forefront of some of the most meaningful disruptions of our day from file sharing to social engagement. Cancer immunotherapy is his following big bet.

The Napster founder and former Facebook president persuaded hundreds of top scientists within various research universities across the U. S. to form an alliance to solve cancer using cutting-edge immunotherapy.

Called the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, the organization is a $250 million undertaking that'll enable some of the country’s best researchers unprecedented access to the latest information from pharma and from each other in cancer immunotherapy – a type of treatment harnessing the body’s own immune response to murder off cancerous cells.

The institute will be made up of more than three hundred scientists, forty labs and top researchers in cancer immunotherapy from UCSF, UCLA, the Univ of Pennsylvania, Stanford, MD Anderson, and Memorial Sloan Kettering.

But getting all those organizations to work together is number tiny task. Most clinical drug trials get several years of rigorous research and up to billions of dollars before getting to the patient.

Portion of the problem is the competitive nature of the medical research field – institutions frequently work against each other to discover something new. Meanwhile, people are dying.

Instead, Parker’s institution wants them to work together to discover the cure.

“We are at the bleeding edge of what’s possible with synthetic biology and immunology and genomics in terms of actually translating those discoveries into therapies that can treat and remedy patients,” Parker told TechCrunch.

Immunotherapy is one of the hottest topics in biotech right now – even the White House wants in with Obama’s $1 billion cancer moonshot initiative.

But immunotherapy is only portion of it for Parker. His new institute is one of many charities he’s set up the latest year and a half involving medical research, including for autoimmune research for diabetes and allergies and $600 million for the umbrella Sean N. Parker Foundation.

He also gave $500 million toward a map to legalize marijuana in California.

Parker, worth about $3 billion, seems to have given a large chunk of his fortune far in the latest few years. By our estimates, he’s set up foundations or given far more than a third of his wealth so far.

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