Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Sean Parker, who suffers from severe food allergies, has donated $24 million to the Stanford University School of Medicine to fund research looking for new ways to treat severe food allergies in children and adults. The goal is to find a cure.
Parker says he has taken about fourteen trips to the emergency room during his lifetime as a result of his allergies. The latest was a very public one during the World Economic Forum three years ago. Parker is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, and some legumes.
Stanford has established the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research, which will be funded over the next two years by the famous Facebook investor. Parker cites his recent fatherhood as being a motivator behind the philanthropy.
The new research center will be headed by Dr. Kari Nadeau, an immunology researcher who was first introduced to Parker by mutual friend Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. Nadeau is known for her research leading to desensitization plans for patients with multiple food allergies.