The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) has received a transformational, multi-year pledge from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to support the Wilke Cohen Lyme Disease Project. In addition to an initial $3.1 million in funding from Jeff and Liesl Wilke, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, and the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, the project now has commitments totaling $6.1 million in pledges and cash.
“We are excited to help Dr. Lee Hood and the Wilke Cohen Lyme Disease Project in the important work they are doing to help those who suffer from Lyme disease. Lyme is a very complex and also poorly understood disease. However, we believe in ISB’s holistic, systems approach and share their commitment to finding more effective diagnostics and treatments,” said Alex Cohen, co-founder and president of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, which has committed more than $50 million to more than 20 Lyme disease projects.
“We are grateful that Steven and Alex Cohen understand the power of ISB’s systems approach to tackle the complexity surrounding Lyme disease,” said Dr. Lee Hood, ISB president and principal investigator. “While we have made some promising initial discoveries, we have a long way to go and this funding is crucial to our goals.”
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