To this end, PHIND has so far doled out $2.75 million to help catalyze basic, prevention-focused research at Stanford based on a competitive formal process. There were some 20 projects funded in the initial round. Earlier this month, the center officially announced the availability of an additional $1.5 million in seed funding. The goal is to launch up to 12 new research projects by the end of this year.
“Science isn’t often discovery out of nowhere. It comes out of fortuitous collisions, in which different fields that don’t typically communicate come together,” Gambhir said. “And that’s what we want to facilitate with PHIND to empower the science behind precision health and earlier diagnostics of multiple types.”