The Rockefeller University Receives Landmark Donation

Test tubes in a laboratory

A generous donation from the Kravis Foundation will allow Rockefeller University to build a new laboratory.
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It was recently announced that the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation provided a leadership gift of $100 million to help create a new laboratory building at The Rockefeller University. According to Inside Philanthropy, the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation is very active in NYC, where husband and wife Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis sit on numerous boards, including those of The Rockefeller University, where Mr. Kravis is a trustee.

Prominent businessman and philanthropist Henry R. Kravis remarked, “The Rockefeller University is unique in that it attracts the best scientists from around the world and gives them the freedom and support to tackle the biggest questions in science. These new laboratories have been designed to enable scientists to work seamlessly with colleagues both within and beyond their fields,” noting the new laboratory building will lend itself nicely to the ethos of The Rockefeller University.

Kravis’s wife Marie-Josée, a businesswoman and philanthropist who is the current president of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, also commented on the donation, saying, “Henry and I are thrilled to help advance the kind of paradigm-changing discoveries that Rockefeller is known for and that will improve human health.” She continued, “The new building and its laboratories will enable the University’s scientists to continue to push the boundaries of biomedical knowledge in important and exciting ways.”

Founded in 1901 by John D. Rockefeller, The Rockefeller University is a world-renowned center for research and graduate education in the biomedical sciences, chemistry, physics, and other scientific fields. The generous recent donation of $100 million will allow for the creation of a research building that will reportedly span three blocks along New York’s East River. The Rockefeller University’s president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, said that the laboratory “will help us stay at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and enable us to continue to recruit top faculty by providing them with the facilities they need to make transformative discoveries.”

For more information about The Rockefeller University, take a look at these quick facts about the institution.


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