Sanford Burnham Prebys will hire 20 elite scientists with a $70 million gift from billionaire Danny Sanford.

On Tuesday, the La Jolla billionaire gave Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute $70 million to recruit 20 faculty members who will study cancer, the nation’s second-largest cause of death, and neurodegenerative diseases that rob people of memory and the ability to move naturally.

The gift came from T. Denny Sanford, who has donated nearly $1 billion over the years to various causes in San Diego County and is currently underwriting one of the largest science faculty recruitment campaigns in recent years. He is an honorary trustee and namesake of the institute.

The donation was made at the request of David Brenner, former head of the UC San Diego Division of Health Sciences, who became president of Sanford Burnham Prebys last fall. Brenner is a well-known “rainmaker” who over 15 years helped raise $1.5 billion for the university, of which about $450 million came from Sanford.

The new $70 million gift is intended to revitalize the La Jolla Institute, whose faculty has dwindled over the past decade, and compete for talented young scientists who don’t need the teaching load that universities have to bear.

Getting this type of people doesn’t come cheap. Hiring the best junior faculty and providing them with the necessary staff and equipment can cost between $2 million and $5 million. Doing the same with an elite senior research fellow can cost between $8 million and $10 million.

“The sweetest place for us is to hire the best postdocs from the best labs and the best institutions in the world,” Brenner told the Union-Tribune. “They will freely conduct research.

“They are going to advance and translate biomedical research into improving human health,” he said, “either through new diagnostics, new treatments, and ideas that will lead to new drug targets.”

Like the nearby Salk Institute and Scripps Research Center, Sanford Burnham is focused on fundamental discoveries. But institutions have also worked hard to put these discoveries into practice. This push is known as “bench to bed”.

Sanford, 87, who has a home in La Jolla Shores, has championed this approach for years. His donations include $100 million he gave to UC San Diego in 2013 to help set up a stem cell research center to help speed up drug development.

He distributed his money around. In 2019, Sanford pledged $350 million to the National University to help the school compete better in online education. A year earlier, he gave the San Diego Zoo $30 million to build a new children’s zoo.

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