Paul G. Allen to Receive the Center for Infectious Disease Research’s “Champion for Global Health Award”


SEATTLE — Sept. 9, 2015 — Today, the Center for Infectious Disease Research, the largest independent nonprofit in the Unites States focused solely on infectious disease research, announced that philanthropist Paul G. Allen will be the recipient of the 2015 “Champion for Global Health Award.”

Mr. Allen has been a leader in the fight against Ebola. As the largest private donor, he pledged $100M to the effort and he established The Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, the only program of its kind focused on ending Ebola in West Africa. The unique effort focuses on four key areas including emergency response, emergency management systems, recovery and research.

“We are excited to present Paul Allen with the ‘Champion for Global Health Award,’” said Alan Aderem, president and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research. “Mr. Allen is a visionary philanthropist whose guidance and leadership is having a meaningful impact in the fight against Ebola.”

The “Champion for Global Health Award” will be presented at the 11th Annual Gala for Global Health held on Oct. 3, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. In addition to the award presentation, the Gala will feature President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia as the keynote, speaking about her experience leading a country at the forefront of the 2014 Ebola outbreak. To purchase tickets to attend the Gala, please visit https://cidresearch.org/gala.