The following February 21, 2013 article is from http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/34479/title/Lucrative-Prize-for-Life-Scientists:
“Three Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are offering $3 million to scientists demonstrating excellence in biology and medical research.
Eleven biologists were yesterday (February 20) rewarded with $3 million each as the first recipients of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences—a new award set up by a trio of Silicon Valley big shots to recognize and support research into understanding and curing diseases.
The award—which offers more than twice the cash of a Nobel Prize—is organized by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google co-founder Sergei Brin, and venture capitalist Yuri Milner. The idea was to make a statement that life scientists are important, to raise awareness of their achievements, and to encourage a new generation of molecular biologists and geneticists, Milner told The Guardian.”