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The Foundation creates a meaningful and lasting impact in the world by supporting leaders who see today’s challenges as an opportunity to create a better tomorrow.

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Recent News

June 18th, 2020

The Blavatnik Family Foundation is supporting the fight against COVID-19 locally, nationally and around the world. [...]


July 13th, 2020

Columbia University Professor and Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at Columbia Engineering, Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, has been published in The New York Times for her groundbreaking work on reviving damaged lungs that would otherwise be unfit for transplant. Through the Blavatnik Acceleration Funds, Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic's initial breakthrough research was funded and accelerated for its potential translation to create a real-world impact that can benefit thousands of people waiting for lung transplants. [...]


July 3rd, 2020

Rich Horgan created Cure Rare Disease (CRD) as a way to save his brother. Now, there are other lives at stake. CRD, a Boston-based biotech nonprofit, began in 2018 while Rich was a Blavatnik Fellow in Life Science Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. Its mission is to develop precision medicine for patients with rare diseases, starting with Rich’s brother, Terry. Terry has been battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare and fatal inherited muscular disease, for nearly two decades. His condition was caused by an ultra-rare gene mutation so he has never been eligible for clinical trials — until now.  [...]


June 30th, 2020

On March 5, 2020, the New York Academy of Sciences celebrated the Laureates and Finalists and winners of the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom. The one-day symposium featured fast-paced, engaging research updates from nine scientists working in diverse fields within life sciences, chemistry, and physical sciences and engineering. This year’s Blavatnik UK honorees are probing the deepest mysteries ranging from the universe to the human mind, tackling longstanding questions that have occupied scientists and philosophers for millennia. [...]