Irwin and Joan Jacobs, longtime supporters of the Salk Institute, helped to officially launch the Campaign for the Future, pledging $100 million to build the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Science and Technology Center.
The Jacobs’ gift is structured as a 1:2 match, wherein the Jacobs’ will contribute $1 for every $2 donated—up to $100 million—for every new gift or pledge made towards the capital construction or operational endowment for the new building through June 30, 2022.
For 60 years, the Salk Institute has pursued Jonas Salk’s vision
of bold, collaborative science tackling some of the biggest
challenges facing humankind. Innovations at Salk have led to new medicines, cutting-edge scientific methods and profound insights into human biology. The Campaign for the Future
builds on Salk’s six decades of scientific discovery to turn
dreams into reality and advance Salk’s pursuit of
science into the next century.
To tackle the big problems of our generation, science must change—and Salk is leading the way.
By harnessing intellectual firepower and technological prowess, Salk scientists are finding approaches to address climate change, aging, cancer, neurodegenerative conditions and infectious diseases. Salk will achieve these goals by:
• Understanding biological principles of resilience to help our bodies (and plants) resist disease
• Leveraging data and information theory to inform and guide scientific research
• Advancing Salk’s capabilities with a 21st century Science & Technology Center
Salk scientists are investigating—from a holistic perspective and across research boundaries—how cells, organs and systems interact to make us healthy or sick. Collaborative teams of dedicated scientists are spearheading efforts to visualize and make sense of massive data sets that new science is producing. They will decipher these “algorithms in nature” to glean an unprecedented understanding of health and disease.
Computational biology and deep learning is revolutionizing biological research.
• Employs computational and mathematic methods to analyze huge biological data sets. • Frames biological problems as computational problems to provide novel insights. • Uses machine-learning algorithms for problems ranging from classifying genetic sequences to analyzing imaging data from microscopes. • Harnesses technology to empower deeper multidisciplinary collaborations at Salk and across the globe.
Creating new research and collaboration space will help the Institute add to its world-renowned faculty from multiple disciplines and expand interactions between biologists, bioengineers, information theorists and many others as they collaborate on challenging problems.
This $250M state-of-the-art Science & Technology Center will: • Adds 100,000 square feet of lab and research space • Reimagine the Salk Campus for 21st century science • Continue Jonas Salk’s vision of flexible and functional design for scientific exploration • House state-of-the-art labs and research space and four scientific Centers of Excellence
We invite you to join us in changing the world by investing in Salk’s Campaign for the Future. Together, with supporters like you, we will advance audacious and innovative scientific solutions to the most difficult health challenges of our generation.