in New York City has announced a $100 million lead gift from Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the to its $300 million Driving Discoveries, Changing Lives campaign.
The gift from the Weills will advance Weill Cornell's vision for its new Belfer Research Building, set to open in January, as a hub for multidisciplinary biomedical research. To that end, the gift will be used to establish two news centers in the building, the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Cancer Research Center and the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Metabolic Syndrome Center, as well as recruit top scientists to advance research and treatment of diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's, and other metabolic disorders and diseases. Weill Cornell has received more than $50 million in additional gifts for the campaign, bringing it halfway to its campaign goal.
"We are profoundly appreciative of the generosity of Joan and Sandy Weill, and of all our loyal donors who are committed to advancing medical discoveries and, above all, making a difference in our patients' lives," said Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. "It is incumbent upon us to find therapies and cures for the world's most intractable diseases, and the Weills' phenomenal leadership and unwavering support will ensure that we enhance the health of our patients for future generations."
Longtime benefactors of Weill Cornell, the Weills' support of the institution includes a $100 million gift in 1998, a $100 million gift in 2002, and a $250 million gift in 2007 — the single largest gift ever given to a medical school in the United States. With their latest gift, the Weills have given more than $600 million to Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University.
"Joan and I have had the honor and privilege to contribute to Weill Cornell Medical College, helping to sustain this extraordinary institution as one of the world's leaders in biomedical research," said Sanford Weill, chairman of the Weill Cornell board of overseers. "We are immensely proud of what Weill Cornell has achieved — and what more we can accomplish in the years to come."