Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Sergey Brin (Google) and Yuri Milner (Digital Sky Technologies) along with some other notable figures in the IT sector have joined forces to launch the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation to foster researchers in the biotech sphere. The list of founding sponsors also includes Zuckerberg’s wife Priscilla Chan, Brin’s wife and co-founder of 23andMe Anne Wojcicki as well as Art Levinson of Apple, who has been appointed the Chairman of the Foundation’s board.

Effie Worldwide and Warc, the global online provider of ideas and evidence to marketing people, unveiled the list of the most effective marketers of the 2011, derived from almost 2,000 finalists and winning entries to 39 Effie Award competitions worldwide, which unveiled leaders in the field for the past 12 months. The Effie Effectiveness Index, which was launched in 2011, “recognizes the architects of the most effective marketing communications ideas from around the world.” The Index shows winners both by the business type category (Most Effective Marketers, Most Effective Brands, Most Effective Agency Networks, etc.) and by region.

The Design Business Association, the UK organization that measures and rates the effectiveness of design in a range of categories by using commercial data to evaluate the success, announced the winners of its annual Design Effectiveness Awards, which included projects by leading design agencies. The ceremony, which was held in London on February 16, brought together 450 industry leaders, who received 62 gold, silver and bronze trophies, awarded by the association this year in 12 categories.