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Swiss biotech executive, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Ernesto Bertarelli has pledged $75 million to advance basic scientific discovery, therapeutic science, and a culture of entrepreneurship at Harvard Medical School.
The gift will set in motion plans to transform the outdoor courtyard of Building C into an expansive, skylighted atrium that will serve as convening and collaboration space for occupants of the building as well as the broader HMS community.
In recognition of this generous commitment from the Bertarelli family, Building C will be named the Bertarelli Building following completion of the atrium’s construction.
“Ernesto Bertarelli is an ardent supporter of both fundamental and translational research at Harvard Medical School,” said HMS Dean George Q. Daley. “He understands that in order to improve the health and well-being of patients, we must first support observations in the lab and then nurture and orient them toward interventions in the clinic. It is therefore fitting that the Bertarelli name will be inscribed in the marble of the building that personifies our commitment to both basic and therapeutic science.”
In addition to housing the Departments of Cell Biology and of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, the building serves as a hub for the HMS Therapeutics Initiative, which aims to advance therapeutics research, accelerate translation of discoveries into medicines, and educate and train the inventors of future medicines.