(KTSF by Ricky Chan)
Hong Kong-based business leader Ka-shing Li made the gift of $40 million in 2005 to UC Berkeley, building a biomedical and health sciences research building. The new Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences promises to unlock the fundamental mystery of deadly diseases worldwide. Scientists from around the world will study and teach UC Berkeley students about the underlying mechanisms of biology and disease, addressing the complexities of cancer, brain diseases, infectious global killers and stem cell biology. It will house more than 450 researchers.
UC Berkeley has named the building in honor of Mr. Li in recognition of his generosity, which has helped to propel the campus’s pioneering research in biomedical and health sciences. Construction also was made possible through a strong public-private partnership, including support from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
The new 200,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open next semester, will be the nexus for biomedical research on the root causes of diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, HIV and tuberculosis.
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