How We Did It...
MilliporeSigma’s in-kind gift enhances research at Washington University
The 70-year relationship between Washington University in St. Louis and MilliporeSigma was made even stronger in 2016 when the company contributed more than $13.8 million worth of laboratory equipment and supplies to the university. The university is using this donation to advance scientific research while enriching educational opportunities for students.
This in-kind gift was particularly valuable to many young investigators who were just getting started in setting up their labs. For example, one medical researcher was provided tissue culture supplies to generate data for her first research grant from NIH, and a biomedical engineering researcher was provided supplies that enabled him to make a key breakthrough in understanding how Class I anti-arrhythmic drugs work.
The gift was initiated by MilliporeSigma when it provided the university with an extensive list of available items. In an effort that was coordinated with the medical school’s corporate and foundation relations team, the central corporate relations office circulated the product list among faculty researchers and managed the requests and deliveries of the donations between December 2015 and May 2016. The donated items ranged from basic laboratory supplies to reagents, cell culture kits, and other essential materials and equipment. In all, more than 50,000 items were donated to over 200 faculty members in the McKelvey School of Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and the School of Medicine.
In recognition of this gift, the university named an entire floor of Brauer Hall, MilliporeSigma Floor. The MilliporeSigma Floor connects three different buildings within the McKelvey School of Engineering and houses multiple biomedical engineering laboratories where many of the donated items are being used. In addition, a book that covers the history of this extraordinary partnership was presented to the company’s executives.