InScope: Don Brown, MD, Donates $30 Million for Immunotherapy Center

One of the largest gifts ever to Indiana University School of Medicine will enable researchers to harness the power of the immune system to cure cancer and other devastating diseases — propelling Indiana’s standing as an engine for biomedical discovery and innovation.

Indianapolis entrepreneur Donald E. Brown, MD, announced a $30 million gift to establish the Brown Center for Immunotherapy at the IU School of Medicine. The center will discover new ways to deploy immune-based therapies to treat cancers and pioneer use of this powerful technology in other diseases. Researchers will also study how to make this highly specialized therapy accessible to large numbers of patients.

“Immunology is the right place for a big investment. It is clear to me that this is the most exciting area in all of science,” said Dr. Brown, a 1985 graduate of IU School of Medicine who has founded three successful software companies. “It has tremendous potential for long-sought breakthroughs in cancer, but also autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and a whole range of conditions. We have tremendous resources and talent in Indiana. Hopefully my contribution can push us over the top to do some really exciting things.”

Originally published in InScope: Read full article here.