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Industrialist Jack Whitehead establishes the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in affiliation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His gift totals $135 million. Whitehead made his fortune in the clinical diagnostics business. He took over his father’s laboratory glassware company, renamed it Technicon, and transformed it into a leading manufacturer of analytical instruments, including the first automated blood analyzer which revolutionized clinical laboratory testing in the late 1950s. The Whitehead Institute is today a world-class center for biological research, and a major hub in the networks of technoscientific innovation that constitute and sustain the regional biotech industry. When the rough draft of the human genome is published in Nature in 2001, Eric Lander of the Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome Research is listed as first author. The Whitehead Institute has contributed more of the completed sequence than any other participating institution or organization, public or private.
Gerald Fink, director of the Whitehead Institute 1990-2001 and Professor of Genetics at MIT (Source: The Whitehead Institute)
Eric Lander joined the Whitehead Institute and co-founded the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research in 1990.