NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences has launched a campaign to raise $300 million in private funding to support a new genomic medicine initiative, as well as new cancer, aging, and neuroscience programs.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Salk's Chair of the Board of Trustees, Irwin Jacobs, said the institute has already raised $150 million from private individuals and foundations during a quiet phase of campaign fundraising that began in 2009.

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