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University of Pennsylvania — Research on Mammalian Reproduction (Kotaro Sasaki) (2020)

Organization Name 
Award Date 
12/2020
Grant Amount 
$1,000,000
Purpose 
To support research on mammalian reproduction.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigators: Chris Somerville and Heather Youngs

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $1,000,000 over four years to the University of Pennsylvania to support research by Professor Kotaro Sasaki on mammalian reproduction. Professor Sasaki’s research is focused on the development of gametes from stem cells.

Progress in this area could eventually enable people with fertility challenges to have children and could eventually help reduce the incidence of a wide variety of congenital diseases and promote other positive outcomes. Professor Sasaki’s research is among the most promising our science team has encountered so far in this field.

This follows our February 2019 support and falls within our work on scientific research, specifically within our interest in advancing transformative basic science.