Bayer HealthCare’s establishment of a new research center in San Francisco has produced a windfall for Sacramento State’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
When the bio-pharmaceutical company closed its Richmond facility, moving next to the UC Mission Bay campus, it donated equipment to Sacramento State that will be used in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry.
The contribution, estimated by Bayer HealthCare at $1 million, will allow the University to establish a tissue culture facility for student laboratories that will keep laboratory samples viable for longer periods of time, and provide for advanced chemical analysis, says College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Dean Jill Trainer.
The new gear will allow students to perform projects they couldn’t tackle previously, Trainer says, and support the Professional Science Masters program in Stem Cell Research.
The equipment has already been delivered, and complements two other recent awards to University science programs. A $755,000 federal grant from the National Science Foundation will be used to renovate and modernize Sacramento State’s Center for Interdisciplinary Molecular Biology Education, Research and Advancement. And a $350,000 federal grant secured by Congresswoman Doris Matsui has been used to purchase new equipment and refurbish four microscopes.
“All of this gives us a modern facility and equipment so we may train the next generation of scientists and health professionals in molecular cell biology,” says Professor Thomas Peavy.
The Bayer HealthCare contribution to Sacramento State is part of $2 million in laboratory equipment donations from the company to high school and college science programs.
“This equipment will create exciting new teaching and research opportunities for Sacramento State students,” says Trainer. “Our students will be able to conduct advanced research and learn valuable skills that are vital for success in today’s cutting-edge workplace.”
For more information on the science programs, visit www.csus.edu/nsm/ or call (916) 278-4655. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916)278-6156.