It was reported by Newswise in this article – http://newswise.com/articles/omar-boraie-chair-in-genomic-science-established-at-rutgers-cancer-institute – that Omar Boraie made a large donation to the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. With the donation, the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science was created at the institute. An endowed chair is considered a firm commitment by a university to dedicate themselves to a first-class academic discipline as well as guarantee their continued support of the program in the future. The donation that Omar Boraie pledged was $1.5 million that will be matched to be $3 million in total for the chair. In a statement of Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute, Dr. Robert DiPaola, said that Omar Boraie had been a long term supporter of the institute and that they were thankful for his generosity.
The specialization that Boraie supported was genomic science and precision medicine. This field as explained by patch.com, is changing how researchers approach cancer diagnoses and the treatments they prescribe. This is a new field that investigates and treats cancerous tumors on the genetic level. The field came to national prominence when former President Obama announced the start of a Precision Medicine Initiative on a national scale in the effort to find a cure for cancer as well as other diseases. Rutgers Cancer Institue was one of the first research facilities in the United States to use the precision medicine approach on genomic sequencing in patient care.
According to NJ Biz, the person named to the chair was Shridar Ganesan, MD, PhD. He is an Associate Director for Translational Science. He has also been in charge of the precision medicine trials at the institute as well as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has been internationally recognized top academic researcher by his peers. In a statement about his appointment, he commented that cancer is not a single disease but rather a collection of them. He said that the donation by Boraie will help advance clinical research give new hope to patients and their families.