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New "USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience" Announced

Gary Michelson donates $50 million to found center on engineering and life science
By: Megan Hazle
January 28, 2014 —

On January 13, USC announced that Gary K. Michelson, a retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon and innovator, had donated $50 million to the university in order to fund the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. This new center, a collaboration between USC Viterbi and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, will provide a space to develop transformative research at the intersection of engineering and the life and biomedical sciences.

Below is a sampling of the media stories regarding Michelson's gift and the announcement of the new center at USC.


   USC will be constructing a new building for bioscience research, thanks in part to a $50-million gift from Gary K. Michelson, a retired orthopedic surgeon and inventor of spinal implants and other medical devices, the university is announcing Monday. (View article)
   A retired orthopedic spinal surgeon plans to announce on Monday a $50-million gift for an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Southern California that he hopes will generate a wave of inventions in the biosciences. The donation, by Gary K. Michelson, will establish the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, where researchers in engineering, medicine, and a range of scientific fields will collaborate to create products and bring them to the market. (View article)
   A prominent orthopedic spinal surgeon turned philanthropist has donated $50 million to the University of Southern California to fund a bioscience center, the school announced Monday. The donation by Dr. Gary K. Michelson, 64, will go toward building a 190,000-square-foot facility with state of the art laboratories that will include microscopy imaging machines that can take precise measurements inside cells, university officials said. (View article)
   Dr. Gary K. Michelson, a 64-year-old retired orthopedic spinal surgeon and philanthropist, has donated $50 million to the University of Southern California for the creation of a 190,000-square-foot bioscience center.  (View article)
  The University of Southern California has received a $50 million donation from retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon Gary K. Michelson to fund a new hub for research in biomedical engineering and life and biomedical science, university officials said today. “Dr. Michelson’s generous gift is truly visionary, as it will bridge USC’s strengths in a broad range of disciplines, including the sciences, engineering, medicine, mathematics and computer science,” said USC President C.L. Max Nikias.  (View article)