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Niche Players: Ellison

Science  08 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5438, pp. 220-221
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5438.220b

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Given the substantial budget of the National Institutes of Health, philanthropies that fund biomedical research have a hard time identifying high-quality projects that would not qualify for NIH funding. So the Ellison Medical Foundation, which specializes in aging research, hired as its director somebody who should be able to spot promising research that's not part of NIH's traditional fare: a top official from the National Institute on Aging, Richard Sprott. The foundation is funded by Oracle sorftware founder Larry Ellison, who is donating $100 million over 5 years.