Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has announced a $15 million gift from Chicago businessman John Potocsnak for construction of a biomedical research center at its Feinberg School of Medicine.
When finished, the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center will provide space for biomedical scientists working in cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative disorders, and genetics, with each floor of the building having more than forty thousand square feet and a hundred and thirty-eight research benches for Northwestern scientists. To be named for Potocsnak, the building's lobby atrium will serve as a site for events, poster sessions, and other professional gatherings and will extend a food court commons used by students, faculty, and visitors to the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center. The gift brings the total raised by the university's $1.75 billion We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern Medicine to $1.5 billion.
Longtime supporters of the university, John Potocsnak, the CEO of Corrugated Supplies Co., and his wife, Laura, established the Potocsnak Family C.S.C. Professorship, which is held by Dr. Frank Palella, a professor of medicine in infectious diseases at Feinberg.
"This generous gift from the Potocsnak family will help accelerate our pace of discovery, heighten the collaborative nature of leading-edge research conducted at Northwestern, and develop the next generation of physician-scientists," said Eric Neilson, vice president for medical affairs and the Lewis Landsberg Dean at Feinberg. "John and Laura have been exceptional philanthropists for many years, and we are extraordinarily grateful for their unwavering support of our mission to transform human health."