Texas Cancer Center Receives $150 Million Gift From United Arab Emirates
The donation honors the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates for more than 30 years and the father of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The personalized cancer therapy institute building will be named after the late president and the institute itself after the current president. A pancreatic cancer research center will be be created with the gift after another son, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The gifts will help the center make strides in personalized cancer therapy, allowing genetic sequencing of cancer tumors. A ceremonial signing of the gift agreement was done at the Khalifa Foundation in Abu Dhabi earlier this week. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the world's fifth-richest monarch, with $15 billion, according to the Forbes list.
Forbes reports that this is the third gift in the past four years from the UAE, following a $150 million to the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, and an undisclosed "major" sum to Johns Hopkins Medicine to help construct The Johns Hopkins Hospital new cardiovascular and critical care tower.