Gilberts commit $11 million to fight vision loss for neurofibromatosis type 1 patients

Author: Sherri Welch
Published On: 04/11/2019
  • Couple commits $11 million to fund development of treatments for neurofibromatosis type 1, which afflicts their son
  • Grant will fund research into therapies aimed at repairing or replacing optic nerves damaged by the disease
  • Brings total couple has donated to fight the disease to $64 million


Quicken Loans Inc. founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert and his wife, Jennifer, committed another $11 million to fund development of treatments for neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1).

The latest grant, made through the couple's Detroit-based Gilbert Family Foundation, will fund research as part of the Vision Restoration Initiative aimed at developing innovative therapies to repair or replace optic nerves damaged by the disease.

It follows a $12 million pledge from the couple in December to fund gene therapy research aimed at finding a cure for the disease that afflicts their son Nick.

With those commitments, the Gilberts and their foundation have funded a total of $64 million to date in the fight against NF1.

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