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Dana-Farber Receives $16.5M Gift to Establish Proteomics Center; Aims to Improve Mass Specs

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, (GenomeWeb News) - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute received a $16.5 million gift from John "Jack" Blais and Shelley Blais, the largest gift from an individual, the institute said today.


The Cancer Institute will use the money to establish the Blais Proteomics Center, a protein research facility to accelerate Dana-Farber scientists' research on developing proteomic techniques. Jarrod Marto, recently recruited to the institute, will direct the new center.


The institute will purchase new-generation mass spectrometers, recruit scientists, fund a development program to design and improve mass spectrometry technology, and support efforts to design models for high volume data analysis.


Blais, founder and president of Framingham, Mass.-based holding company BlaisCo, has been a Dana-Farber trustee since 2002.


In a statement, Blais said protein research has the "potential to unlock the mysteries of cancer."


Including this gift, the Blais family has contributed more than $30 million to Dana-Farber to support protein research, such as the High-Tech Multidisciplinary Research Fund.