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Devotion to their Alma Mater
When Alan and Debbie Gold met, they shared a love of San Diego and their alma mater, San Diego State University. Fast-forward 20 years.
The married couple believes their education provided the foundation for Alan’s business success as founder of BioMed Realty Trust, a New York Stock Exchange-traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that leases real estate to the life sciences industry. That’s why the couple decided to deepen their connection with SDSU by becoming naming donors of the BioScience Center’s auditorium.
“Alan and I are committed to supporting higher education and our community. We believe the BioScience Center is a critical resource for San Diego, especially given the increasing competition in the biotechnology market,” Debbie Gold said. “The work being done there also has world-wide implications. We view this gift, and our support of Aztec athletics, as doing our small part to help SDSU realize its potential.”
The SDSU BioScience Center
The SDSU BioScience Center blends research and scholarship to seek solutions for critical human issues. Undergraduate and graduate students work side-by-side with professors, conducting life-changing research on topics such as how chronic infections contribute to the major health issues of our time, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The center features state-of-the-art research laboratories and serves as an incubator for emerging technologies, developing the resources necessary for biotech start-ups to succeed.
BioScience Center Director Roberta Gottlieb, M.D. applauds the Gold’s commitment to enhancing research and training opportunities for students.
“Their generous gift provides SDSU faculty and students with a state-of-the-art auditorium and an extraordinary learning environment.”
Leading the Way for Others
Stanley Maloy, Ph.D., dean of the College of Sciences, says the Golds have long been one of the BioScience Center’s greatest champions, leading the project to fruition. “Alan and Debbie have encouraged others to become engaged. We’re incredibly grateful for their dedication and support,” said Maloy.
The Alan and Debbie Gold Auditorium for the Life Sciences will be used to host lectures, seminars, distinguished speaker series and symposia on life sciences-related research. As a focal point for activities within the BioScience Center, it will educate the community about key public health concerns including heart disease prevention, drug-resistant bacterial infections and therapeutic responses to bioterrorism.
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