Beilinson Hospital of the Rabin Medical Center has received a $34 million donation to fund integrative cancer research. The gift is the largest of its kind in Israel’s history.
Philanthropists Dr. Susan and Dr. Henry Samueli, the California-based co-founder and chairman of Broadcom, Inc. (a designer, developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of semiconductors and infrastructure software products) are giving $25 million to establish the Samueli Integrative Cancer Pioneering Institute. Clalit Health Services, Israel’s largest healthcare provider caring for 5 million patients, has donated an additional $9 million for the institute.
The institute aims to bridge the gaps between biological research, the hospital, and the community.
“We thank the Samuelis for this generous donation which will enable us to find a cure for cancer that impacts millions of people around the world,” said Beilinson Hospital CEO Dr. Eytan Wirtheim. “The Institute is keen to form partnerships and collaborations with the global cancer community, including academia, health organizations, industry and foundations – to “Transform cancer care and create a new future for cancer patients.”
Infrastructure development has begun for the Samueli Institute, which will comprise experts in behavioral sciences, cancer scientists, data scientists, artificial intelligence experts.
“We expect the Institute…to challenge existing care paradigms and create a better future for cancer patients inside of Israel and beyond,” Dr. Susan and Dr. Henry Samueli said in a statement.
This gift follows their earlier gift of $100 million to UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.
That earlier gift is directed to spur the school’s planned expansion, which is to continue well into the next decade and is its most significant growth since the school was founded in 1945.
UCLA Samueli plans to enroll at least 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students by 2028, up from 5,300 at the start of the expansion in 2016. The school will also seek to add approximately 100 professors over the same period of time for a roster of nearly 250. New faculty will be in emerging research areas, such as engineering in medicine, quantum technologies, and sustainable and resilient urban systems.