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Sanford donates to UC San Diego stem cell center

SAN DIEGO (AP) — South Dakota philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has committed $100 million to create a California stem cell clinical center to speed research into new drugs and therapies.

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Officials at the University of California, San Diego, said the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center is intended to accelerate development of drugs and therapies derived from human stem cell research through clinical trials and patient therapies.

It will integrate the operations of four locations. Pradeep K. Khosla, chancellor of UC San Diego, said the center will advance the region’s reputation as a hub for stem cell research.