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Allen Institute launches new immunology division with $125M from Paul Allen

A contribution from Paul Allen will help fund the Allen Institute for Immunology with a focus on five diseases: two types of cancer known as multiple myeloma and melanoma, plus rheumatoid arthritis and two types of inflammatory bowel disease.

Billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen died two months ago, but before he passed away, he passed along a $125 million commitment to a new research frontier: the Allen Institute for Immunology.

The Allen Institute’s newest division, to be unveiled today at the institute’s Seattle headquarters, will focus on the human immune system and how it can be tweaked to fight cancer and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

“Paul Allen always challenged us to go after the really hard problems, to do work that would have a significant impact in our scientific fields,” Allan Jones, president and CEO of the Allen Institute, said in a news release. “Understanding the human immune system in detail and figuring out what goes wrong in disease is an incredibly complex but solvable problem. I’m thrilled to see us launch into this new area of complexity in biology with a real opportunity to directly impact human health.”

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