In March 2006, The Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, The Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute and the University of California, San Diego, formed the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine (SDCRM) to expand collaborative work in stem cell research and facilitate its translation into clinical cures.
On September 16, 2008, T. Denny Sanford of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, announced a generous $30 million donation. In recognition of this donation, SDCRM was renamed the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine.
In October 2011 the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology became the fifth collaborating organization to join the Sanford Consortium.
Scientists at the five institutions have a proven track record of scientific excellence, including 95 National Academy of Sciences members and 14 Nobel Prize winners. In the past they have also successfully translated basic research into more than 200 spin-off companies and taken 24 products to commercial markets.
In December 2011 the Sanford Consortium will bring this experience together under a single roof at its new world-class facility. It has been awarded a $43 million major facilities grant award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).
The facility, a Collaboratory, will be centrally located among the five collaborating organizations and will enable scientists to informally share intellectual capital. As a result, research will proceed faster, smarter and more effectively.
In addition to shaping the future of stem cell science, the Sanford Consortium will shape scientific leadership for the region and industry. Top researchers from around the world will work side-by-side with tomorrow's leaders in a synergistic environment.
To find out how you can support the future of stem cell research, visit the Capital Campaign section of the Web site.