Joan and Irwin Jacobs support cancer center with $1 million gift

A $1 million gift from philanthropists Joan and Irwin
Jacobs will go toward the recently established Center for Personalized Cancer
Therapy at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, the university announced
on Monday.

The Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy will be run by oncologist
Razelle Kurzrock, and will individualize treatment based on abnormalities in a
patient's genetic profile and specific type of cancer.

Irwin Jacob said he and his wife became increasingly excited as they
learned about Kurzrock's success in translational work and personalized
medicine, as well as the physician's plans for the center.

“We agreed it was important to help ensure that this new center move
ahead rapidly, with research and support of clinical trials in an area that
could have such positive results on cancer patients from around the world,”
Jacobs said.

Three years ago, the couple donated $75 million to fund the Jacobs
Medical Center, which is scheduled to open in 2016, and a decade ago gave $110
million for the Jacobs School of Engineering, university officials said.

Irwin Jacobs was a founding UCSD faculty member before becoming the
founding chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Inc. His wife co-founded the Friends of
the International Center and the Friends of the Stuart Collection.

The couple has also donated to scholarship and fellowship programs, the
School of Medicine, the Division of Arts and Humanities, the School of
International Relations and Pacific Studies, the Stuart Collection and the Rady
School of Management, according to the university.

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