Sanford Consortium Opens New “Collaboratory” Nov. 29


First-Of-Its-Kind Stem Cell Science Facility Will Harness Intellectual Capital of Five World-Class Research Institutions

The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine will open a new collaborative   research building on Tuesday, November 29, at a 9:00 a.m. ceremony that will   formally launch California’s newest facility dedicated to stem cell science.  

The Sanford Consortium “collaboratory” will bring together five of the world’s   leading biomedical research institutions to pursue collaborative research projects   that advance the search for breakthrough cures.  The Collaboratory is set in La Jolla   on the Torrey Pines mesa and is centrally located among the consortium’s collaborating   organizations: the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute; the Salk  Institute for Biological Studies; The Scripps Research Institute; the University of  California, San Diego (UC San Diego); and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and  Immunology.

“When we open the Collaboratory on November 29, we will launch a new era rich   with promise for scientific achievement,” said Edward W. Holmes, M.D., Sanford’s   president and chief executive officer. “Top researchers from multiple institutions and   disciplines will team up here in unprecedented ways. By harnessing their intellectual   capital under a single roof, the collaborating organizations aim to revolutionize the   field of stem cell science and deliver new discoveries that translate into new   treatments.”

Designed by Denver-based Fentress Architects and Davis Davis Architects of San   Diego, the $127 million Collaboratory includes 150,000 square feet of spaces   specifically designed to support both focused individual and collaborative team   research. Circulation throughout the Collaboratory is designed to cause unplanned   “creative collisions” intended to spark serendipitous opportunities for dynamic   collaboration.

“The Collaboratory was designed to be functional, flexible, innovative, and wholly   supportive of stem cell science,” said Louis R. Coffman, vice president and chief   operating officer. “We hope that the Collaboratory will create conditions sufficient   to enable an entirely new culture of scientific research to emerge.”   Development of the project began in 2007 and was led by a partnership between   Lankford & Associates and Phelps Development. In May 2008, the consortium,   known then as the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, received a   $43 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM),   the state agency created to disburse $3 billion in funding from Proposition 71, the   stem cell research ballot measure approved by voters in 2004.

“With the passage of Proposition 71, California became the world’s largest funder   of stem cell research,” said Larry Goldstein, Ph.D., director of the UC San Diego   Stem Cell Research Program and chair of the Sanford Consortium’s Scientific   Steering Committee. “The Collaboratory is the only site in California where five   institutions have joined forces to create a research facility with Proposition 71   funds.”

In September 2008, the project received a $30 million donation from philanthropist   T. Denny Sanford of South Dakota. In recognition of his generous gift, the consortium   was renamed the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. Sanford   serves as co-chair of the consortium’s board of directors along with Malin Burnham,   retired chairman of John Burnham & Company Insurance; Irwin M. Jacobs, Sc.D.,   co-founder and chairman of the board of directors of Qualcomm Incorporated; and   John Moores, founder of BMC Software. Other board members are William R.   Brody, M.D., Ph.D., president of the Salk Institute; Marye Anne Fox, Ph.D., chancellor   of UC San Diego; Richard A. Lerner, M.D., president of The Scripps Research   Institute; John Reed, M.D., Ph.D., chief executive officer of the Sanford-Burnham   Medical Research Institute; Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph.D., president and chief scientific   officer of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology; and Holmes, president of   Sanford Consortium.

Sanford will be among the speakers at the November 29 ceremony, which will   feature a keynote address by Richard C. Atkinson, President Emeritus of the   University of California, on “No One of Us Is as Smart as All of Us.” Other speakers   on the program are:

• Edward W. Holmes, M.D., who will serve as Master of Ceremonies
• San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders
• Jonathan Thomas, Ph.D., J.D. , Chair, Independent Citizens Oversight   Committee, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
• Catriona Jamieson, M.D., Ph.D, Director for Stem Cell Research, UC San   Diego Moores Cancer Center
• Lorraine Stiehl, Patient Advocate Coordinator, CIRM

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