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Genentech donates $2.5 million to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

In honor of its 30th anniversary, Genentech, the founder of the biotechnology industry, has announced a landmark gift of $2.5 million to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) to seed the establishment of the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in CSHL's historic Carnegie Building, where genetics research began in the United States in 1904.

The expanded facility will house the archival collections of luminaries from the molecular biology revolution, including Nobel laureates James D. Watson, Sydney Brenner, Barbara McClintock, and Hermann Muller.

"Thirty years ago biochemist Herb Boyer and venture capitalist Bob Swanson founded Genentech, the first biotechnology company, and in the process launched a whole new industry. Today biotechnology drives medical innovation and provides therapies for millions of patients worldwide with serious and life-threatening illnesses," said Richard Scheller, Ph.D., executive vice president of research at Genentech. "We are excited to collaborate with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the birthplace of the genetics research that laid the groundwork for biotechnology, to honor and preserve the history of this groundbreaking science and industry."

The formation of the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at CSHL is a vital initiative to preserve and disseminate the history of molecular biology and biotechnology. It will provide space for expanding the Archives to include, in particular, the collections from leaders in biotechnology. It will also contain conference and study space for visiting scholars and graduate students, who will study this history as part of their curriculum at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Watson School of Biological Sciences.

The Center will strengthen the mission of the CSHL Archives, which strives to provide access to unique materials, both physically and via the Internet. "Our goal is to preserve the past using
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Contact: Lisa Becker
becker@cshl.edu
516-367-8489
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
5-Apr-2006


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