$12 Million in Support Names City of Hope’s Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Establishes Visiting Professorship
LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2009 — Building on its longstanding support of City of Hope, the law firm of Irell & Manella LLP has committed $7 million in gifts to support City of Hope’s Graduate School of Biological Sciences. A $5 million gift from the firm, matched by a $5 million anonymous gift, will rename the school as the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences. Another $2 million from the firm will create the Irell & Manella Visiting Professorship.
Established in 1994, City of Hope’s Graduate School of Biological Sciences trains students in the fields of chemical, molecular and cellular biology as well as bioinformatics and genetics. Students have a unique opportunity to conduct translational research, collaborating with scientists and physicians to develop promising new therapies for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Graduates of the program are awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in biological sciences. Alumni have gone on to positions at major universities, research institutions and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
“These very generous gifts will help take City of Hope’s graduate school to the next level of academic excellence,” said Michael A. Friedman, M.D., president and chief executive officer, City of Hope. “Alumni of our graduate school contribute a great deal to the scientific community and to our efforts to improve treatments for people with life-threatening diseases. We are grateful to Irell & Manella for helping to enhance City of Hope’s research and teaching efforts.”
“This is a tremendous recognition of City of Hope’s graduate program and our commitment to ensure that our students and faculty remain at the forefront of biomedical research,” said John Rossi, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences and the Lidow Family Research Chair. “These monumental gifts will enable City of Hope to attract and train future generations of talented researchers.”