The University of Southern California has announced a $50 million gift from medical device inventor and retired orthopedic spinal surgeon Gary K. Michelson to help create a biomedical science research center.
Awarded as part of the $6 billion Campaign for the University of Southern California, the gift will support the creation of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, which will leverage the university's extensive network of scientists and engineers to address grand challenges in health and related fields, including fast-tracking the detection and cure of diseases. Scientists at the center also will collaborate to translate those advances to the real world by accelerating the invention of new life-saving biomedical devices.
The 190,000-square-foot research facility will house up to thirty principal investigators in labs employing hundreds of researchers and students. The facility, which will be located in the southwest quadrant of University Park Campus and will feature a Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, a nanofabrication facility, and a suite of microscopy imaging technology, is expected to aid in the recruitment of talented researchers.
Michelson, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is a prolific inventor, holding nearly a thousand issued patents and pending applications around the world. In 2008, he was recognized by the Paralyzed Veterans of America as the year's distinguished scientist for his contributions in the area of the treatment of traumatic spinal disorders, and in 2011 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In March, he will be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors. Michelson also has founded, funded, and directs three private foundations — the Medical Research Foundation Trust, the Michelson Medical Research Foundation, and the Found Animals Foundation.
"The gift is all about the promise of this convergent scientific method," said Michelson. "With the University of Southern California as the place to stand and the 'method' as the 'lever long enough,' I expect that we will indeed move the world."