Dr Gary Michelson, one of the United States most generous philanthropists, particularly towards medical research has recently endowed the sum of $50 million to the University of Southern California, which is expected to meet around half the cost of building the center, which will be focused on research into bioscience.
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The building, to be called the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, will carry out research on various biomedical topics. The new building, which is expected to be completed in three years, and will cover close to 200, 000-square-feet will house thirty state of the art laboratories, a number of them equipped with the latest in that will microscopy imaging machines capable of capturing the most precise of measurements inside human cells.
Announcing Dr. Michelson’s generous gift USC President C. L. Max Nikias stated that it will allow USC to strengthen its research capacities in a broad range of disciplines, including the sciences, engineering, medicine, mathematics, and computer science, ”
“The new USC Michelson Center will be a vibrant hub for innovation, and will help create a major biomedical research corridor in Southern California.” Nikias prophesyzed.
Dr. Michelson, at one time one of the United State’s most prominent orthopedic spine surgeons and inventors has no professional connection to USC.
Michelson pointed out that he decided to contribute towards the project because he was sold by the center’s approach, which will bring together specialists from various fields to work on specific problems, a method “will be actually revolutionary for any university in the world, with scientists who are experts in their chosen specialities working together on a single medical issue to hopefully produce real-world scientific breakthroughs. ”
According to USC officials, the new center is being developed as a result of collaboration between the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Michelson center for convergent bioscience
Dr. Gary Michelson graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia.
Since graduating Dr. Michelson has dedicated his career in the medical profession to furthering the treatment of chronic spinal ailments. Michelson also found the time during his career, which spanned more than 25 years, to write more than 100 research papers and publications on the subject of spinal deformities and their treatments, as well as developing hundreds of patents for orthopedic devices, instruments and implants.
In 2005, Dr. Michelson sold the ownership of a large number of his spine treatment related patents to Medtronic, one of world’s largest medical appliance manufacturers for $1.35 billion, placing him on the Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans, where he has remained ever since.
Through the many charitable foundations that he has founded and continues to support Dr. Michelson has donated over 100 million dollars towards medical research and care for animales, and Founds Animals Foundations, .
Dr. Michelson has now retired from practice, instead devoting his time funding of several charitable organizations including the Medical Research Foundation Trust, the Michelson Medical Research Foundation, which focuses primarily on genetic research.