They weren’t named in “Town and Country” Magazine’s recent article on the “50 Top Philanthropists” in the United States, but Nancy and Stephen Grand would certainly be at the top of our list. The San Francisco couple just donated $50 million to the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, to advance the international study of personalized medicine.
As the only facility of its kind in Israel and in the region, the Nancy and Stephen Grand Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine is a state-of-the-art biomedical research center focused on four innovative fields: genomics, protein profiling, bioinformatics, and drug discovery.
Personalized and predictive medicine uses information about a person’s genes, proteins, and personal history to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.
“Nancy and I recognize that Israel is a world leader in science and technology. This gift enables Weizmann to equip itself to participate in the exploding world of genetics and to find cures for diseases to improve the human condition. We all know that the brilliance of Weizmann’s scientists will result in major progress from which we will all benefit,” said Stephen Grand, who is a real estate developer.
“In addition, all Israeli scientists who wish to work in this new field will have facilities and teams of other scientists in Israel with whom to collaborate without needing to travel to other countries to do this important work. We are thrilled to assist in this powerful effort.”
Nancy Grand is the past president of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund in San Francisco.