As reported by the New Britain Herald, July 1, 2011.

UConn Health Center Reports "Major Gift"

FARMINGTON, CONN. — Philanthropists Raymond and Beverly Sackler have provided a major gift to create an innovative research center at the Institute for Regenerative Engineering at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

The gift follows the recent passage of Gov. Dannel Malloy's Bioscience Connecticut Plan, the UConn press release said.

The Sacklers’ gift will enhance collaboration among UConn Health Center’s leading physical scientists, biomedical researchers and engineering experts, including those within the multidisciplinary Institute for Regenerative Engineering, led by Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, an internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon and tissue engineering expert. An elected member of both the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, Laurencin served as vice president for health affairs and dean of the UConn School of Medicine. He recently transitioned into a new role as chief executive officer of the Connecticut Institute of Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS), which will be an integral part of the Bioscience Connecticut initiative.

"The Sacklers’ gift proves that Governor Malloy’s visionary Bioscience Connecticut plan also has the power to galvanize donors who have the passion and means to make a significant difference in the future of health care and our flagship academic medical center," said UConn President Susan Herbst.