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USC introduces new Center for Convergent Bioscience


USC president and prominent philanthropist C. L. Max Nikias and newly recruited scientists today will inaugurate a new era in bioscience research on USC’s campus with the construction of a facility that will fast-track advances in health.

The upcoming USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience will be a future hub of health innovation made possible by a $50 million gift from philanthropist Gary K. Michelson.

The building will house will house flexible labs, a Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, a nanofabrication facility and a suite of microscopy imaging technology. It will break ground at a public event featuring the USC Trojan Marching Band and confetti cannons.

The USC Michelson Center will leverage the university’s network of scientists and engineers to tackle grand challenges in health and related fields. One key goal is to turn the biological sciences into a quantitative and predictive science, fast-tracking the detection and cure of diseases.

A select group of key researchers—two of who were recently recruited to USC—will use the state-of-the-art facility to generate the bioscience discoveries that build a better, healthier future.

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