June 28, 2019
Recognizing the potential to improve human health on a grand scale, the Blavatnik Family Foundation has donated $5 million to Medzhitov’s research into the biology of survival.
The contribution continues an important chapter in philanthropy for medical research at Yale: In 2013, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, led by American industrialist and philanthropist Len Blavatnik, granted Medzhitov and fellow immunobiologist Richard Flavell $10 million to further develop a groundbreaking theory linking inflammation and chronic disease. In 2016, the foundation gave $10 million to establish the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale, which provides support to expedite the development, application, and commercialization of life science breakthroughs taking place on campus. Last year, the foundation expanded the fund with a $15 million grant.