Which investors are bridging the gap in research funding?

The fate of climate and other public research may be in the hands of private investors and philanthropists as the EPA and other agencies face cutbacks under the Trump administration, reports FastCompany.

Who’s stepping up?

In January, Al Gore stepped in to revive a CDC climate and health conference in Atlanta. Bill Gates, Vinod Khosla, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma and other billionaires last year announced the $1 billion Breakthrough Energy Ventures to back energy innovation.

Wealthy surfers are stepping in to support the Center for Climate and Life.

It’s not just climate: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan made a huge commitment to cure all diseases. Napster founder and investor Sean Parker put up $250-million for cancer immunotherapy treatments.

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