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Philanthropist Bernie Marcus supports stem cell research
Atlanta (November 1, 2010) — Advocates who favor the development of stem cell research in Georgia have a major Republican business leader on their side.
Bernie Marcus, co-founder of the Home Depot who is now a leading philanthropist in scientific and health initiatives, spoke last Thursday at the Life Sciences Summit put on by Georgia Bio.
Marcus, and his wife, Billi, were honored at the Summit for “their commitment in support of bioscience research and medical innovation.”
The Marcus Foundation has supported such organizations as the Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center at Grady Hospital, the Marcus Trauma Center also at Grady, the Marcus Autism Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Shepherd Center and the Marcus Nanotechnology Building at Georgia Tech.
After his talk, Robert Nerem, director of the Georgia Tech/Emory Center for the Engineering of Living Tissues, approached Marcus to ask him his thoughts about the use of embryonic stem cells in research.
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The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities, Georgia Tech's more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.