Scientist and philanthropist Patrick Soon-Shiong shares views on 'Big Data'

Guided by his philanthropy and life-long quest to “create a sustainable disease-free state,” Patrick Soon-Shiong surely ranks among the world’s most influential figures.

patrick-soon-shiong-(1).jpg  Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D.

His latest quest involves “Big Data,” the use of high-speed technology to greatly accelerate access to global medical research and improve patient care. Song-Shiong will deliver a special presentation on Big Data’s fast-evolving role, Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 pm, at UC San Diego’s Price Center East Ballroom.

Co-presented by UC San Diego Extension and the Center for Ethics in Science & Technology, Soon-Shiong will be making his first public on-campus appearance. The event is free and open to the public, as part of the Helen Edison Lecture Series.

Soon-Shiong, 61, rose from a modest childhood in apartheid-era South Africa to his current standing as a billionaire biotech pioneer who has invested heavily in breakthrough medical research.

With a personal fortune estimated at $9 billion, Soon-Shiong has joined with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in committing himself to “The Giving Pledge,” in which the wealthiest Americans agree to donate a majority of their wealth to worthy causes.

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