Innovation Funded by $10 million Gift
"Innovation is a key element in any business,” says West Virginia entrepreneur and philanthropist James C. Justice II, who with his wife, Cathy, recently made a $10 million gift to Cleveland Clinic Innovations.
“Cleveland Clinic is the leader in this field and unparalleled in their dedication to solving problems, saving lives and creating economic opportunity,” Mr. Justice says. “The potential here is beyond imagination.”
The Justices’ initial $5 million donation will establish the Justice Family Chair in Medical Innovation, with Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Innovation’s Officer, Thomas J. Graham, MD, serving as the inaugural chair holder.
A highly regarded hand surgeon, especially for his care of professional athletes and entertainers, Dr. Graham is also a prolific inventor and holder of more than 30 patents. The Justices have committed an additional $5 million to implement programs to foster creative thought and idea exchange in medical innovation.
The Justice family’s generosity has had an immediate impact, as Dr. Graham and his wife, Alisa, added a $1 million donation in the form of patent applications to Cleveland Clinic Innovations.
Mr. Justice, a third-generation West Virginian and owner of 50 companies, is an established innovator in farming and mining techniques. In 2009, he purchased the famed Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and ushered it through a remarkable renaissance, adding a world-class casino, PGA TOUR, FedExCup event and soon, a medical institute.
“Just like a farmer invests in the land so the crops will grow, we are investing in innovations which will lead to healthcare initiatives that will benefit thousands, possibly millions, of people,” says Mr. Justice.
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