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Laboratory Focus March 2012

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PHARMACEU TI C A L C L I N I C A L C HE MI C A L FOOD ENV IRONMEN T In vivo small animal optical imaging Page 9 $30M GIFT PROPELS STEM CELL THERAPIES AND ONE-STOP PATIENT CARE AT MCMASTER A Hamilton family is giving Mc- Master University $30 million to accelerate the university's devel- opment of stem cell therapies. Of the total, $24 million will be used to establish the Boris Fam- ily Centre in Human Stem Cell Therapies, which will speed the commercial development of dis- coveries made at the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute. The six-year-old institute has had several major break- throughs, including the ability to turn human skin into blood. The funds will also establish two senior research chairs, one in blood stem cells and the other in neuro stem cells; set up several fellowships and technician posi- tions; build the facility and provide a fund for emerging opportunities. The other $6 million is for a unique clinic that will allow patients with complex health problems to see several specialists and have re- lated tests during one visit. "McMaster University has proven its ability to fast forward discov- eries from the lab bench to the patients' bedside, it made perfect sense to make this investment in this world class university," said Les Boris, on behalf of his parents' Marta and Owen Boris Founda- tion. His sister Jackie Work added: "The Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine is ranked among the top 20 medical schools in the world. This is the best place to commit to the future." The Marta and Owen Boris Foundation was established by Marta and Owen Boris who cre- ated the Hamilton cable com- pany Mountain Cablevision and developed it over 50 years before selling it to Shaw Communica- tions in 2009. Owen Boris died in April, 2011. "McMaster has been renew- ing its commitment to our com- munity, and to have community members make such a significant contribution to the University is truly outstanding," said Patrick Deane, president of McMaster. "Great research, great discover- ies, and better patient care. The Boris family gift will accelerate our ability to make great things happen." Dr. John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, added: "This is an innovative and action-oriented family. They understand the great potential McMaster has to make medical breakthroughs, and their willingness to place their bets on McMaster is a tremendous vote of confidence in us." Publications Mail Registration Number: 40052410 Mick Bhatia, scientific director of the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute added: "In a short time we've become world renowned for our human stem cell discoveries. Now is the time to move these discoveries to the patient." AutoGenomics Revolutionizing MARCH 2012 Volume 16, Number 3 Molecular Testing Page 12 R&D News ......................... 1 Appointments .................... 5 Pharma Notes .................... 6 New Products ..................16 Calendar ..........................17 Career Spotlight...............18 Jackie Work and Les Boris

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