LOS ANGELES--California businessman Alfred E. Mann has donated $100 million each to the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) to set up institutes for biomedical research.
At USC, the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering will be based on the Universitys campus in a building that will also house the Department of Biomedical Engineering. USC president Dr. Steven Sample said that the institute would serve as a bridge between the university and the biomedical industry. Mr. Mann said he hopes the new institutes will encourage development of biotechnology companies in the Los Angeles area.
The gift to UCLA is one of the largest donations ever to a public university. The agreement for the UCLA institute is still being developed.