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The billionaire tech titan; co-founder of Napster and former president of Facebook, Sean Parker has pledged $24 million to a Stanford campaign to develop a cure for allergies as we know them.

The Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research will be led by Kari Nadeau, a Stanford University physician. As of now, the immunology research team plans to conduct research into the causes of allergies, why people develop them, and experimental therapies for patients.  

 There are huge gaps in our knowledge” said Kari Nadeau

The American College of Allergy Asthma & Immunology estimates that 50 million (about one in five) Americans, and growing, are affected by some type of allergy, ranging from seasonal to life-threatening. This is a project Parker can relate to firsthand, as he is known to be deathly allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish, according to Forbes. 

As noted by Fortune Magazine, Parker has been hospitalized at least 14 times in the last five or six years due to his allergies. He plans to take part in the research that his money will be funding.

Parker’s decision to financially back the Center for Allergy Research was influenced by Sheryl Sandberg, friend and current COO of Facebook.

According to Parker, Nadeau had been working with the Sandberg family and wanted to scale up operations over the next two years for long-term durability and sound results.

“For this to be a cure, you have to walk out the door knowing you can eat things and not be afraid” Parker says.


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