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Soon-Shiong Foundation endows a new chair at USC Viterbi

Soon-Shiong Foundation Endows a New Chair at USC Viterbi
Philanthropist Patrick Soon-Shiong

The Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation, funded by philanthropist and surgeon Patrick Soon-Shiong and his wife, Michele B. Chan, has made a donation to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering to endow a new chair.

The endowment will support a USC Viterbi professor whose fields of research intersect engineering and medicine – specifically computer science, mobile vision or robotics.
The chosen individual will be named holder of the Chan Soon-Shiong Chair.

Soon-Shiong, who has developed and sold two multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical companies, also is a medical scientist, inventor and the pioneer of revolutionary new treatments for diabetes and cancer.

“My work on diabetes and cancer took me to the world of engineering,” Soon-Shiong said. “I believe strongly that engineering can help address many of today’s health care challenges. I applaud USC Viterbi and USC for their vision, and I am delighted to be a part of it.”

USC president C. L. Max Nikias said, “The USC academic community is deeply grateful to the Soon-Shiong family for its visionary gift.”

Added Nikias: “Many of the most promising scientific revolutions of coming decades will take place at the intersection of engineering and medicine, and this new chair will allow USC’s faculty to play a leading role in such revolutions.”

The gift will build on such existing strengths as the USC Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems Engineering Research Center, the USC Ming Hsieh Institute for Research on Engineering Medicine for Cancer, the USC Brain-Body Dynamics Lab, the USC Robotics Research Lab and the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems.

According to USC Viterbi dean Yannis C. Yortsos: “Helping the advance of the state of the art in health care is a key component of the Grand Challenges for Engineering, as articulated by the National Academy of Engineering. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering has been a pioneer in this area with a multitude of research and educational programs. We are excited that the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation shares the same vision, and we are grateful to the foundation and its chairman Patrick Soon-Shiong for their commitment.”

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