1997 Ellison Medical Foundation
In the 1990s, Oracle software founder Lawrence Ellison developed a friendship with Nobel molecular biologist Joshua Lederberg of Rockefeller University. This led in 1997 to establishment of the Ellison Medical Foundation, with Lederberg as lead scientific adviser. For 15 years, the foundation supported basic biomedical research, with a focus on understanding how organisms age, and how age-related diseases and debilities might be prevented. During that decade and a half, the foundation distributed $430 million of money donated by Ellison to 600 prominent or rising researchers. This financial surge advanced both the discipline of aging and the techniques of molecular biology (advanced versions of which are often required in age-related research).
- Ellison Medical Foundation, ellisonfoundation.org