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Roddenberry Foundation Gives $5M to San Francisco’s Gladstone Institutes for Stem Cell Research

Friday, October 28, 2011

Last week The Gladstone Institutes, an independent and nonprofit biomedical-research organization affiliated with UCSF, received a $5 million gift from the Roddenberry Foundation to found Gladstone’s new Roddenberry Center for Stem Cell Biology.

“This gift is our largest to date, and with it, we hope to help accelerate advances in biomedical research,” said Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod Roddenberry, who is co-founder and chair of the board of directors of the Roddenberry Foundation. “In addition, if our support can inspire one child to become a scientist, one organization to become more charitable, one person to simply invest himself or herself in improving the future of our world, then our foundation can be a catalyst in making the future envisioned through Star Trek a reality.”

The center will build on Gladstone’s existing expertise in stem cell science, helping to speed the process by which discoveries are turned into therapies for a host of devastating illnesses.