The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research has received a $1 million challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation toward the construction of its new research wing--a 76,000-square-foot addition that will increase research and training space by more than 45 percent. To meet the Kresge challenge, the Whitehead Institute must raise $4.7 million by July 1996.
The Kresge challenge grant represents an important milestone in the Whitehead Institute's Campaign for Discovery, a three-year, $12 million fundraising initiative to expand research space, supply state-of-the-art equipment and support the training of young investigators. The campaign, chaired by Susan Whitehead, has raised $7.3 million toward its $12 million campaign goal.
"We are very grateful that The Kresge Foundation has chosen to recognize the Whitehead Institute in this way," said Dr. Gerald R. Fink, director of the Institute. "The challenge grant will provide a strong impetus for the remainder of the campaign and help us ensure that young Whitehead scientists always have the space and resources they need to follow their scientific instincts at the frontiers of biomedical research."
The new wing will enable the Institute to double the size of its state-of-the-art animal facility, expand its biologic containment facilities to pursue new leads in infectious disease research, and add an X-Ray crystallography facility to meet the needs of its burgeoning program in structural biology.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 11, 1995.