Foundations’ donations underscore the effectiveness of the Fogarty Institute’s education program

by | Apr 4, 2016 | Fogarty Innovation, Funding

Following on the heels of our recent grant from Edwards Lifesciences Foundation, we are excited to announce a second grant from Gilead Sciences, a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need.

The grant was awarded by the Gilead Foundation, a nonprofit established by the company to improve the health and well-being of underserved communities around the world. The grant will support the Institute’s Lefteroff Fund, a program that was launched four years ago to teach and raise the next generation of medtech innovators. The fund was established in honor of Tracy Lefteroff, a remarkable leader and strong proponent for mentoring students who show the curiosity and desire to advance the field.

Grant monies will be used to support the program and the educational activities of the 10 college interns who are selected annually. Lefteroff interns are introduced to the extraordinary world of medical technology innovation by working on projects with, and shadowing, our startups and medical technology partners.

Donations in support of the Lefteroff internship program have come from corporations, foundation grants and individual donors. These two recent grants from the Edwards and Gilead foundations are strong proof of the effectiveness of our educational program and widespread interest from current leaders in the medical community in creating the next generation of medtech leaders.

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