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Arizona Philanthropies Contribute $45M to Create Center for Personalized Dx, Recruit Hartwell to Lead Effort

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Two philanthropies in Arizona have pledged $45 million to create a center for personalized diagnostics based on the genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics capabilities at the Translational Genomics Research Institute and Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute.
The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will contribute $35 million and the Flinn Foundation will chip in $10 million to support the initiative, called the Partnership for Personalized Medicine.
Lee Hartwell, director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will lead the initiative. While retaining his post at the Hutch, he will chair the partnership’s executive committee, which includes George Poste, director of ASU’s Biodesign Institute, and Jeff Trent, president and scientific director of TGen.
The funds will support the creation of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, a collaboration between TGen and the Biodesign Institute, which will each contribute “significant laboratory space” to the center.
The donations will also fund “an industrial scale, high-throughput proteomics production facility” that will rely on expertise at TGen and the Biodesign Institute in the areas of computing, proteomics, and robotics.

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