Weill Cornell Medical College received a $75M grant to expand, enhance cancer research, care programs

Published on January 9, 2014 at 12:17 AM · No Comments

Weill Cornell Medical College announced today that it has received a $75 million gift from Sandra and Edward Meyer and the Sandra and Edward Meyer Foundation to expand and enhance the medical college's distinguished cancer research and care programs.

This landmark gift names the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College, led by preeminent cancer researcher Dr. Lewis Cantley, which is dedicated to using precision medicine and other cutting-edge biomedical approaches to spur and then translate research breakthroughs into the most advanced therapies for patients. In honor of the Meyer family's generous gift, Weill Cornell will name its flagship building on 1300 York Ave. as the Sandra and Edward Meyer Research and Education Building.

"We are deeply grateful to Sandra and Edward Meyer for their transformative gift, which will enable Weill Cornell to expand its world-class enterprise in cancer research and clinical care," says Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. "Cancer is a disease that touches everyone's lives, and with Ed and Sandy's generous support, we will be able to rapidly accelerate our pursuit of groundbreaking treatments and therapies for our patients."

"As longtime friends of Ed and Sandy, it gives Joan and me great pleasure to witness the Meyer family's exceptional investment in Weill Cornell and its preeminent cancer research enterprise," says Sanford I. Weill, chairman of the Weill Cornell Board of Overseers. "With their gift, the Meyer family has shown their steadfast dedication to enhancing human health and leaving a lasting mark on science and medicine."

"All of us at Cornell -- in Ithaca, in New York and beyond -- are profoundly grateful for Ed and Sandy's thoughtful support and the difference it will make for cancer patients and their families," says David J. Skorton, president of Cornell University. "As cancer research and treatment move increasingly toward therapies that are tailored to patients' individual genetic profiles and needs, the Meyer family's gift allows us to make the necessary investments to advance this groundbreaking area of medicine and realize its promise."

"We are deeply thankful to the Meyer family for such an incredible gift," says Dr. Cantley, the Meyer Director of the cancer center, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor in Oncology Research and professor of cancer biology in medicine at Weill Cornell. "Their generosity will enable us to realize our goal of developing cancer treatments that capitalize on precision medicine, offering targeted, individualized care based on each patient's tumor. This gift will make it possible for us to be at the forefront of cancer research, to purchase the necessary technology and recruit the very best talent to carry out this vital work."

"Sandy, our children Meg and Tony and I gave careful consideration to which New York institution was best poised to produce breakthroughs in cancer, and Weill Cornell was the obvious choice due to its exceptional roster of translational, cutting-edge scientists and commitment to building its oncology research enterprise," says Edward Meyer. "Our daughter's experience working with Dr. Cantley many years ago solidified our lifelong respect for him, and we are thrilled and humbled to have him lead the Meyer Cancer Center. We can think of no better investment that will make as big a difference in the world, and we know that together we can do great things for cancer patients and their families."

Meyer Cancer Center Breaks New Ground for Cancer Research

The Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center is dedicated to using state-of-the-art technologies for basic, clinical and translational cancer research, as well as providing support for initiating and conducting novel clinical trials.

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