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Nicole Shanahan

Nicole Shanahan

Founding Donor and Primary Instigator, Center for Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality
Nicole Shanahan. (Bia Echo Foundation)

In 2018, Nicole Shanahan seeded the Buck Institute for Research on Aging’s Center for Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality with $6 million through her allocation from the Sergey Brin Family Foundation. Shanahan, the founder of patent management and valuation company ClearAccessIP, was searching for ways to harness intellectual property to help people live healthier longer when she learned that one of the first areas that aging affects is reproductive health; 10 percent of women are infertile by the time they turn 35, and few research groups were working on extending female reproductive life.

According to an article published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Shanahan has pledged to give $100 million to “programs that help women become pregnant later in life, that aim to overhaul the criminal justice system, and that address the effects of climate change.”

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