David Agus, MD, the founding Director and CEO of the Ellison Institute says, “Jerry has been a friend and colleague whom I have admired and valued over many years. I am so excited for this opportunity to join forces with him to help change the face of medical research and change lives.”
A Shared Vision
The Ellison Institute, like Lee, has a history of looking at cancer research in an unorthodox way, focusing on the exponential power of convergent and interdisciplinary sciences. The Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC is leading a charge to vertically integrate the interdisciplinary study and control of cancer, encompassing both research and clinical management. The Institute’s clinicians bring new technologies, treatments, and cures from the lab directly to the patients they see every day. Research discoveries inform care, and results in the clinic will be incorporated into the research pipeline. The Ellison Institute envisions this continuous feedback loop allowing real-time information is readily accessible for immediate use by physicians and researchers.
Convergent Power for Change
The power of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC lies in how it integrates a wide array of disciplines, approaches, and creative minds to the fight against disease and illness. Agus says, “With the help of visionaries like Jerry, we are able to embrace and empower the disruptive thinking needed at times to make new discoveries, while building on the brilliant work that our scientific forefathers created in order to solve problems and enhance health for patients today as well as create new pathways toward long, disease-free lives for future generations.”
Lee comes to the Los Angeles area with his superstar wife, Connie Lee, who received her Master of Public Health from Yale University and will be directing the Appointment Center of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and their two sons, Dylan and Kai.