The Ellison Medical Foundation History
The Ellison Medical Foundation was established as a non-profit corporation in the latter part of 1997 through the generosity of Lawrence J. Ellison, CEO of Oracle. Mr. Ellison established the medical foundation for the purpose of positively affecting scientific discovery by funding basic biological and biomedical research, with the expectation that the research would significantly impact people’s lives.
A Scientific Advisory Board was established to guide the foundation in the fields of research that would benefit from financial support and research that could have an important impact on public health in general. The Foundation initially focused its efforts on funding scientific research that addressed the basic biological components of aging, including its processes, related diseases and disabilities. The first awards on Aging research were presented in 1998.
Understanding the aging process is itself a significant scientific challenge, but at the same time there are many other serious threats and challenges to public health deserving of greater attention. The growing concern worldwide about the toll of infectious diseases as a major cause of death and disability has prompted Mr. Ellison and the Scientific Advisory Board to broaden the foundation’s mandate to include research on infectious diseases of global importance. The first awards of the new Global Infectious Disease program were made in 2001.
Ellison Medical Foundation Timeline:
- 1997 Non-profit corporation established
- 1997 Scientific Advisory Board established
- 1998 Executive Director named
- 1998 Research program on Aging established and first Scholars awards made
- 2000 Research program on Global Infectious Disease established
- 2001 First Scholars awards made in Global Infectious Disease