Napster Founder Sean Parker Pledges Millions For Allergy Cure
Sean Parker, the co-founder of the online music service Napster and the first president of Facebook, has pledged nearly a quarter of a million dollars toward a campaign to develop a cure for allergies.
Parker, 35, has been hospitalized repeatedly because of allergies to foods including peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish. These experiences led to his interest in new treatments, the chairman of San Francisco-based Brigade Media said during a conference call with reporters Monday.
“I understand firsthand how difficult it is to manage this,” Parker said, adding that he plans to take part in the research his money will fund. “There are some things on the horizon that are very promising, and I’ll be the first in line to try them.”
About one in five Americans has some form of allergy, ranging from minor seasonal nuisances to potentially deadly reactions to foods, bees and other stimuli. That one-in-five figure has increased in recent decades, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 2003, the most recent year the rate was calculated. Four percent of American children had a food allergy in 2007, according to a separate CDC estimate, a figure that’s been also been rising for no —> Read More Here