Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Alum gives Harvard $125M for bioengineering center

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A business school alumnus has given Harvard University its largest individual donation ever — $125 million to start a bioengineering institute.

The mission of the Hansjorg Wyss (HAHNZ'-jorg VEES) Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is to discover the engineering principles nature uses to build living things, then use that information to create devices and technologies to meet medical needs.

Wyss is an engineer and entrepreneur who earned his MBA from Harvard in 1965.

He said Tuesday he was humbled to be able to contribute to an effort he believes will change the course of science and medicine.

The institute will bring together experts from disciplines including robotics, biology and surgery.

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