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Help Keystone Symposia Drive Life Science Innovation

Keystone Symposia serves as a catalyst for the advancement of life-science research and medicine by convening the world's leading researchers, clinicians, global health experts and other biomedical players to discuss and solve today’s greatest biomedical challenges. 

In order to fulfilling these missions, Keystone Symposia relies on financial support from organizations and individuals throughout the global life science community. Their generous gifts and grants fund many aspects of our meeting programs and scholarship opportunities, as a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization (Tax ID # 84-1326605).

Named Endowments

Making an endowed gift is one of the best ways to make lasting impact. We thank the following generous donors for establishing endowments at Keystone Symposia. Their gifts will forever invest in the future of science for generations to come.

Nai-Kong Cheung

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NK and Irene Cheung

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Dr. Nai-Kong Cheung and Dr. Irene Cheung are gratified to contribute in a small way to the Keystone Symposia by providing support for scientists from every part of the globe to join these meetings and to present their exciting research. We hope the attendees will be energized by such interactions. Our own life journey began in Boston decades ago, where we met as students at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, respectively. As a physician-scientist team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, we strive to find more effective treatments with less toxicity for children with cancer. We have been fortunate to be able to pursue our goals and to realize our dreams; convinced that it takes the support and generosity of others over the years to make them happen.

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NK and Irene Cheung Scholars Fund

Their generosity supports over 100 US and global next generation scientists to attend Keystone Symposia meetings in person and virtually.

Vishva Dixit

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Vishva Dixit

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Vishva M. Dixit and Manjul S. Dixit enjoying a drink while reminiscing about Kenya, their love of the country, their people and magnificent wildlife. They devote their energies to promoting medical research, environmental awareness and wildlife conservation. 

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Rajiv K. Dixit Travel Award Endowment

Visvha and Manjul Dixit established the Rajiv K. Dixit Travel Award Endowment.  Named in honor of Vishva’s brother who brought him to the US, this award will fund a student or postdoc from Kenya to attend a Keystone Symposia meeting in person or fund multiple students and/or post docs from Kenya to attend Virtual Keystone meetings. 

Walter Moos

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Walter Moos and Susan Miller

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Walter Moos and Susan Miller support the efforts of Keystone Symposia to draw on the unique expertise and insights of participants from diverse backgrounds, countries, disciplines, sectors, and career stages, connecting people around the world to devise novel solutions that benefit humankind. Walter and Sue are pleased to play a role in this global team, calling on the best minds in life sciences across academia, industry, government, and nonprofit sectors, altogether charting a course to biomedical breakthroughs and innovation. The most impactful science often happens at these interfaces, and Keystone Symposia provides the ideal forum for such advances.

Walter Moos and Susan Miller have been involved in basic science research, drug discovery, and education for decades, aiming to save and improve lives through their work. They believe that every life saved is a miracle.

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Moos - Miller Fifty Forward Endowment

This endowment will fund annually, a Keystone program at the discretion of the incumbent President and Chief Executive.

Cornelia Trimble

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Cornelia Trimble
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Give to the The Darrell T.Y. Liu Memorial Endowment Fund

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This endowment/fund is named in honor of Darrell T.Y. Liu, a protein chemist whose contributions to science ranged from: sequencing, deriving the three-dimensional structure, and developing a bioassay for human C-reactive protein, to major contributions to the development of vaccines targeting N. meningococcus and B. anthrax. He spent the majority of his career at the US Food and Drug Administration, at once running a laboratory focused on glycobiology; building research capacity for biologic products at the FDA; as well as strengthening review and regulatory oversight for biological products in the division now known as the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).

Dr. Liu was ever mindful of the mentoring and support he received both during and long after his postdoctoral studies, maturing into a creative protein chemist in the lab of Drs. Stanford Moore and William Stein at the Rockefeller Institute, as it was known at that time. Their presence gave a young immigrant from Tainan, Taiwan a foothold as he navigated the world of academic science. (which included a happy sojourn serving on the founding Board of Scientific Advisors for the Keystone Symposia). He gave his vote of confidence to peers and junior colleagues alike when building the new division at the FDA, hiring 187 staff, who created 7 new laboratories. He taught. He taught young scientists, junior faculty, and technicians, and helped to find positions that fit individuals. Darrell T.Y. Liu gave back, and now will continue to do so in perpetuity through this Emerging Minds Endowment.

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The Darrell T.Y. Liu Memorial Endowment

This fund is established in Dr. Liu’s memory, in the spirit of supporting the next-generation of research leaders in their pursuit of scientific discovery, innovation and impact. This endowment will fund scholarships for students, postdocs and early-career investigators to attend Keystone Symposia conferences, providing critical career development opportunities for their immediate and long-term success.  We thank the family and friends of Dr. Liu for establishing this endowment in his memory and for their generous support of Keystone Symposia’s mission to cultivate the next-generation of biomedical and life science workforce.

Bei Zhang

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Bei Zhang & Mark Erion

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Bei Zhang and Mark Erion are pharmaceutical executives with a mutual devotion for the discovery of innovative therapies for the world’s most devastating diseases. They gained an appreciation for diverse thoughts and approaches by working with scientists from around the world at different global research sites in the US, Europe, and Asia. This experience has spurred their passion for promoting diversity in life sciences.

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The Bei Zhang & Mark Erion Keystone Symposia Fellow Fund

Bei and Mark established this fund which will award annually one Keystone Symposium fellow with a diverse background to participate in activities associated with the Fellows Program, including attending a Keystone conference and scientific advisory board meetings as well as having an opportunity for career development mentorship.


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