> Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

An independent biomedical research organization

Sanford Burnham Prebys uncovers the fundamental molecular causes of disease and devises the innovative therapies of tomorrow.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is a preeminent, independent biomedical research organization dedicated to understanding human biology and disease and advancing scientific discoveries to profoundly impact human health. For more than 40 years, the institute’s research has produced breakthroughs in cancer, neuroscience, immunology and children’s diseases, and is anchored by its NCI-designated Cancer Center and advanced drug discovery capabilities.

Since its founding in 1976, a specific focus has been on the study of cancer. The inspiration came from William Fishman, Ph.D., who had just left his post as professor and director at Tufts University and moved to the west coast with his wife and career partner, Lillian. With a $180,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the pair leased space in a renovated apartment building and established the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation.

The La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation soon became a world leader in cellular adhesion and gene regulation. Recognizing its scientific advances, the NCI elevated the organization into its elite group of seven NCI-designated Basic Laboratory Cancer Centers. In 1996, philanthropists Roberta and Malin Burnham made a significant monetary donation to support the ongoing scientific studies at the Foundation, and to honor them, the organization’s name became the Burnham Institute for Medical Research. Subsequent substantial donations added the names of T. Denny Sanford and Conrad Prebys.

Today, the Institute takes a unique, collaborative approach to medical research and is especially known for its world-class capabilities in stem cell research and drug discovery technologies. It is ranked among the top 2 percent of research institutes worldwide based on citations per paper, number 3 of all independent research institutes by NIH funding, and number 6 in the U.S. in the Nature Index of nonprofits/non government institutions in biomedical science. Research conducted at Sanford Burnham Prebys has led to seven FDA-approved drugs and tests, including the PSA test, and 10 clinical trials are currently under way.

In addition to its two pillars of fundamental and translational research, Sanford Burnham Prebys is committed to educating and training the next generation of scientific leaders. The institute’s graduate school is recognized for a customized curriculum and its accelerated time-to-degree  timeline of less  than five years. More than 350  postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and interns are mentored at the  institute each year.

At Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery  Institute, scientists share a passion of medical  research and an entrepreneurial spirit that fuels  scientific discovery, thereby brining to life the  institute’s motto: From research, the power to cure.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

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10901 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037

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