Evermay Estate (Stuart Estler)

Ryuji Ueno and Sachiko Kuno — the quiet biotech entrepreneurs who bought two of Georgetown’s priciest homes last year — now have the go-ahead to base their charitable foundation at historic Evermay. The married scientists, who also plan to live at the estate, filed last fall for a “special exception” from a District zoning board to put the nonprofit organization there — and it seems they have big plans for it: Their lawyer told us that Kuno is stepping down from her full-time work at the couple’s Sucampo Pharmaceuticals to devote herself to their S&R Foundation, which promotes the arts and medical research. Next month, it’s sponsoring a Kennedy Center concert series of Japanese musicians in honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Read earlier: New owners reveal plans for Georgetown’s Evermay estate, 1/11/12

Halcyon, Evermay buyers want to preserve historic homes (photos), 11/22/11

Halcyon House buyers: Ueno and Kuno, also bought Georgetown’s Evermay, 11/21/11