The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) has announced a $20 million gift from longtime board member Robert E. Fischell.
The gift will establish the Robert E. Fischell Center for Biomedical Innovation, fund a new 450,000-square-foot health sciences research facility, and support research and endowed professorships at the Fischell Center. The goal is to transform UMSOM into a center for bioengineering innovation and advance efforts to integrate the fields of medicine and engineering for the benefit of society.
A technology entrepreneur who holds more than two hundred patents, Fischell is credited with pioneering the modern era of satellite technology, has invented or helped invent important medical devices, and received the National Medal for Technology and Innovation in 2016. Previous gifts from Fischell and his wife, Susan, to UMSOM have included an endowment for the first Dean's Professorship. Fischell also serves on the board of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, and has helped establish the Fischell Department of Bioengineering and the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to support the UMSOM in this way," said Fischell. "Our specific purpose for the new center is to help expand the UMSOM's capacity for biomedical engineering so that it will produce new technologies and devices that will help treat our most critical and chronic diseases."
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