A $100 Million Gift and a New Name

June 24, 2015

Our partner institute the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute has received a gift of $100 million from prominent San Diego developer, philanthropist, and Sanford-Burnham honorary trustee Conrad Prebys.  This is the largest donation ever made by Prebys and will be used to further implement the Institute’s 10-year strategic vision to accelerate the delivery of innovative new treatments that will have a tangible impact on improving human health.  “A gift of this magnitude is significant in many ways,” said Sanford-Burnham Chief Executive Officer Perry Nisen, M.D., Ph.D.  “It enables us to conduct translational research to advance laboratory discoveries and clinic-ready drug candidates further along the development pipeline, progressing toward therapies, preventions, and cures for patients who desperately need them.  We are profoundly grateful to Conrad Prebys for this extraordinary gift.” 

In recognition of Prebys’ contribution, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute will now bear his name, along with the other Institute namesakes T. Denny Sanford and Malin Burnham.  Effective June 24, the new name is now the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.