NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Two Minnesota foundations have awarded a total of $3 million to Mayo Clinic's Rochester branch for genomics research, the Mayo Clinic said yesterday.
The clinic will receive $2 million from the Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation to endow the Carlson Family Professorship in Genomics Research and $1 million from the Nelson Family Foundation to establish the Nelson Family Genomics Research Fund.
Mayo Clinic also said it will toss another $3 million of its own funds into the genomics programs under a matching arrangement.
The foundations were created by Marilyn Carlson Nelson and her husband, Glen Nelson.
The foundation gifts will be used to "strengthen Mayo's position in genomics research and complement the work now being done by the Minnesota Partnership," said Mayo Clinic Rochester CEO Glenn Forbes.
The Minnesota Partnership is a joint effort between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota and is "an important factor in Minnesota's goal to become a national leader in genomics research," the clinic said.