MEDIA ADVISORY: USC Announces $50 Million Gift to Build Convergent Bio Research Center

January 13, 2014

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WHAT: Announcement and signing ceremony for a $50 million gift from philanthropist and retired orthopedic spinal surgeon Gary K. Michelson, M.D. to the University of Southern California to fund the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience.

The center will be the cornerstone of a new partnership between the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering to transform how biomedical research is conducted.

Further information about the gift and the new center can be found online here. A photo of Dr. Michelson and a rendering of the planned building are available upon request.

WHO: C. L. Max Nikias, USC president

Gary K. Michelson, M.D., philanthropist

Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife

Yannis Yortsos, dean of USC Viterbi

WHEN: TODAY, Monday, Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Town and Gown, USC University Park Campus, 665 Exposition Blvd. Map available online at

PARKING: The closest parking structure to the venue is Parking Structure X, accessible via Gate 3 (Figueroa & 35th). Present your press credentials at the gate upon arrival.