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Mary Maxon Chosen to Lead the Science Philanthropy Alliance

maxonMary Maxon, the Lab’s head of Biosciences Strategic Planning and Development, has been chosen to be the first executive director of a new non-profit organization whose goal is to increase philanthropic funding for basic science by $1 billion over the next five years. The Science Philanthropy Alliance was founded by six foundations committed to discovery-driven scientific research: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Kavli Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Research Corporation for Science Achievement. Maxon is leaving the Lab at the end of July to begin her new position. Her first task will be to develop a strategic plan for enhancing the role of philanthropy in catalyzing discovery through substantive investment in basic science research.