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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 4, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 13
Koch Cancer Research Building To Be Dedicated

David Koch

Naming honors $20 million gift to support work at JHU

By Brian Shields
Development Communications

At a late afternoon ceremony today on the East Baltimore medical campus, Johns Hopkins' second cancer research building will be named to honor philanthropist and university trustee David Koch. Koch, the executive vice president of the nation's largest privately held company, recently donated $20 million in support of the building.

The newly named David H. Koch Cancer Research Building opened in March and expands a complex for cancer investigators on the southwest corner of the Johns Hopkins medical campus. With five floors of laboratories and 10 stories of office space, the 267,000-square-foot building is home to researchers in fields including prostate, brain, pancreas, skin, lung, and head and neck cancers. A 250-seat high-tech auditorium connects the Koch Building with the Bunting Blaustein Cancer Research Building.

"I am pleased to be able to support the work being done by Hopkins' cancer researchers," Koch said. "Their commitment to curing cancer is inspiring, and I can't imagine a more worthy investment. The quality of the cancer research at Hopkins is equal to the best in the world, and I am sure that breakthrough discoveries on the treatment of cancer will be made in the future in this building."

At a dinner in Koch's honor on Sunday night, university President William R. Brody thanked Koch for his commitment to cancer research at Johns Hopkins. "The value of this building is not just in its high-tech facilities but in the ways it will bring researchers and clinicians together," Brody said. "David's extraordinary generosity will make possible new kinds of collaborative research that offers tremendous promise in the fight against cancer."

In keeping with Koch's interest in cancer research, today's dedication ceremony will include brief scientific presentations from five of Johns Hopkins' most prominent scientists. Henry Brem, Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery; Curt Civin, Samuelson Professor in Oncology; Theodore DeWeese, chair of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences; Elizabeth Jaffee, Broccoli Professor of Oncology; and Saraswati Sukumar, Rubenstein Professor in Oncology, will each highlight recent breakthroughs in cancer research at the Kimmel Cancer Center and across Johns Hopkins.

"Mr. Koch's generous gift brings the Johns Hopkins community of cancer scientists together and helps us link a variety of departments to build interdisciplinary programs that will strengthen our research activities," said Martin D. Abeloff, Marion I. Knott Professor of Oncology and Director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

Edward D. Miller, the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty and chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said, "With this gift, the scientists housed in this building will speed the pace of revolutionary research."

David H. Koch (pronounced koke) joined the family-owned Koch Industries in 1970. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., the firm comprises a diverse group of companies in oil and gas trading and refining, as well as other ventures. Koch earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a longtime supporter of the university and cancer research — with gifts to Johns Hopkins and other institutions totaling more than $150 million. Koch is also a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board.


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