Napster co-founder pledges $24 million for allergy research center

Jan. 8, 2015, 9:16 p.m.

Napster co-founder Sean Parker has pledged $24 million over the next two years to establish the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford. It marks one of the largest private donations to the allergy research in the United States.

One of the interdisciplinary center’s goals will be to clarify our understanding of allergies, focusing on the mechanisms of food allergies and the development of long-term remedies.

Parker himself suffers from severe food allergies.

“We need to make catalytic changes in the field of allergy research by studying immune mechanisms in order to apply discoveries in real time to new, safer and more durable therapies for adults and children,” Parker said in a press release.

Immunologist Kari Nadaeu, who has played a leadership role in paving the way for developing oral immunotherapy to combat food allergies, will lead the new facility.

“We look forward to using this gift and Center as the springboard to improve the lives of those adults and children with allergies through immunotherapy that goes beyond oral therapy,” Nadaeu said.

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