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With a gift from the late Paul Allen, his philanthropy launches ambitious plan to probe human immunology

Before he passed away in October, philanthropist Paul Allen was laying plans for a major contribution to expand the study of human immunology.

This past July, philanthropist Paul Allen spent hours grilling his team about an ambitious plan they were hatching: Expanding the Allen Institute — the Seattle-based scientific research organization he founded and funded — to add a new division that would probe the mysteries of the human immune system.

For Allen, the quest was personal (he had survived two cancers of the

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