Howard University to Create a New Innovations Center in Biomedical Engineering

The Howard University College of Medicine has received a $12 million donation from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. The College of Medicine will apply the donation towards the establishment of a new innovations center in collaboration with the College of Engineering and Architecture. The center will provide opportunities for medical and engineering students to learn about medical technology and subsequently create new devices with the potential of improving patient care.

“The center will allow Howard University students to be leaders in medical technology innovation,” says College of Medicine Dean Andrea A. Hayes Dixon. “We intend to capitalize on the diverse knowledge base of our students — knowledge that could change how medicine is practiced throughout the world.”

“My hope is that this gift will further solidify our College of Medicine as a world-class institution that attracts and retains future leaders in the field of medicine,” added Howard University President Ben Vinson III. “We are extremely grateful to Ms. Scott for her amazing generosity and know that this gift will only strengthen us, and ultimately, the future of healthcare as our students learn to provide care that improves outcomes for all patients.”

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