Irvine, Calif., May 8, 2006 -- The University of California, Irvine has received a $2 million gift from The Allergan Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN), to the Department of Ophthalmology. The gift -- the largest donation ever to ophthalmology -- will further strengthen the department's research agenda and clinical care.
"This generous and far-reaching gift from Allergan will have a lasting impact on the university, School of Medicine and the Department of Ophthalmology," said Chancellor Michael V. Drake. "The vital partnership we share with Allergan will further strengthen our position as an innovative center of excellence in ophthalmology that will improve lives in Orange County, the region and beyond."
Some of the nation's top researchers in the areas of retinal disease, glaucoma, corneal disease and refractive surgery currently work at UC Irvine, and Allergan's donation will help them meet complex medical and surgical eye care needs, conduct clinical research, develop programs and technologies in conjunction with industry, and seek clinical solutions to serious and debilitating eye-threatening diseases.
"Allergan has been a leader in eye care for more than half a century, and throughout our history we have partnered with the world's leading research scientists and institutions to foster advances in the prevention and treatment of ophthalmic diseases," said David E.I. Pyott, Allergan's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. "As the world's fastest-growing company in the ophthalmology market, this gift underscores Allergan's longtime commitment to UC Irvine and to the outstanding work it is spearheading to develop new vision-saving treatments and technologies. It also exemplifies our continued investment in the development of our local community in which we live and work."
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