USC receives $50 million gift

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The University of Southern California has received a $50 million donation from retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon Gary K. Michelson to fund a new hub for research in biomedical engineering and life and biomedical science, university officials said today.

“Dr. Michelson’s generous gift is truly visionary, as it will bridge USC’s strengths in a broad range of disciplines, including the sciences, engineering, medicine, mathematics and computer science,” said USC President C.L. Max Nikias.

“The new USC Michelson Center will be a vibrant hub for innovation and will help create a major biomedical research corridor in Southern California.”

The USC Michelson Center will leverage the university’s network of scientists and engineers. The 190,000-square-foot center in the southwest quadrant of the University Park Campus where science and engineering buildings are currently located will house 20 to 30 principal investigators with laboratories employing hundreds of researchers, university officials said. It will have state-of-the-art flexible labs, a Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, a nanofabrication facility and microscopy imaging technology suite to precisely measure the inside of cells.

It will be the cornerstone of a new collaboration between the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, officials said.

Michelson, a board certified orthopaedic spinal surgeon, holds more than 950 patents and pending applications throughout the world. He has founded, funded and directs three private foundations with endowments in excess of $100 million devoted to medical research, animal welfare and education.

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