USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience breaks ground

USC made a historic first step in the interdisciplinary area of convergent bioscience, as campus leadership broke ground on the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience.

Generously supported by a $50 million gift from Gary K. Michelson, a retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon whose groundbreaking work generated more than 955 issued or pending patents worldwide, the center will be the cornerstone of a new collaboration between the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering that aims to transform how research is conducted at the intersection of engineering and the life and biomedical sciences.

“Dr. Michelson’s generous gift is truly visionary, as it will bridge USC’s strengths in a broad range of disciplines, including the sciences, engineering, medicine, mathematics and computer science,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “The new USC Michelson Center will be a vibrant hub for innovation and will help create a major biomedical research corridor in Southern California.”

Michelson is a board certified orthopaedic spinal surgeon and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a prolific inventor, holding more than 950 issued patents and pending applications throughout the world.

Read more about the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience at USC News.