Sanford Burnham Prebys receives landmark gift from T. Denny Sanford to recruit the top minds in biomedical research

Denny Sanford in the lab with scientists working in the background

Sanford Burnham Prebys today announced plans to recruit up to 20 new faculty positions in research areas including cancer, neurodegeneration and computational biology. A substantial gift from noted businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford will support this initiative.

“Denny is a visionary committed to making a better world,” says David A. Brenner, M.D., president and CEO of Sanford Burnham Prebys. “This is a transformational investment in the continued strength of biomedical research at Sanford Burnham Prebys and across the Torrey Pines Mesa. We are grateful for his support, which helps us translate discoveries into improving human health.”

Over the next four years, the Institute plans to recruit outstanding early-career researchers and provide support as they develop into world-class scientists.

“Our goal is to recruit the smartest, most innovative scientists from the best laboratories in the top institutions in the world,” says Brenner. “In addition, this new gift will be used to invest in our current faculty and research infrastructure,” says Brenner.

Sanford’s investment will help build the Institute’s growing share of collaborative, goal-driven science.

“Biomedical research has changed,” adds Brenner. “These days, it’s impossible for young investigators to work on a project in isolation and be successful. Scientists need to collaborate with many different types of researchers with different technologies and different skill sets."

“Sanford Burnham Prebys brings everything to the table. We are highly collaborative and located in one of the best—if not the best—research communities in the world,” says Brenner. “This is an environment where brilliant people with different talents work together. We are able to attract the most promising scientists from around the world to join our exciting research community.”

Institute group photo

Established in 1976 as the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation, the Institute has since been renamed to honor generous monetary donations from Sanford, Roberta and Malin Burnham, and Conrad Prebys.

Sanford, an Honorary Trustee of the Institute, has a long-standing relationship with the Institute and was inspired to donate this new gift after Brenner was appointed president and CEO in September 2022.

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