Oregon Health & Science University in Portland has announced a $10 million gift from Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle and his wife, Mary, in support of a center dedicated to using "big data" to more effectively fight cancer and other diseases.
The gift will support the efforts of the OHSU-University of Oregon Center for Biomedical Data Science to extract key insights from the volumes of healthcare-related data being amassed today, with the aim of informing and improving disease prevention, diagnosis, drug discovery, hospital operations, and clinical care. The center will be populated by scientists well versed in both biology and data science, and initial projects will focus on cancer. It is expected that data and analytics will be applied across the continuum of cancer care, from the research lab to the patient's bedside and that the center will play a major role in the future success of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's initiatives in the areas of precision oncology and precision early cancer detection.
The gift is in addition to a $10 million gift the Boyles made in June 2019 to the University of Oregon in support of the OHSU-University of Oregon Center for Biomedical Data Science. Longtime supporters of OHSU, the Boyles previously gave $10 million to the Knight Cancer Institute to recruit and support cancer researchers. In 2010, the Boyles and Tim's mother, Columbia Sportswear chair Gert Boyle, donated $2.5 million to create the Hildegard Lamfrom Endowed Chair in Basic Science at the institute.
"Mary and Tim Boyle have a remarkable philanthropic legacy in the state of Oregon," said OHSU Knight Cancer Institute director Brian Druker. "Their longstanding support of our shared vision to end cancer as we know it, backed by this generous gift, will invigorate our ability to attract talented scientists and leaders to this novel center."