Leading the Way
The Taft Center for Clinical Research gives the community access to the latest medical innovations

In March, El Camino Hospital's Fogarty Institute of Innovation opened a new clinical research center next to its Mountain View headquarters on the hospital campus.

Known as the Taft Center for Clinical Research, the program was made possible by a $4 million donation from Los Altos Hills residents Edward and Pamela Taft, community philanthropists and longtime supporters of the hospital. The gift is one of the largest in the hospital's history.

"We're thrilled to be able to offer our community access to the most cu"ing-edge therapies, technologies and devices," says Ann Fyfe, president and CEO of the Fogarty Institute. "It's a wonderful investment not only for our institute, but also for the hospital and the community at large."

The Taft Center for Clinical Research, located next to the Fogarty Institute at 2490 Hospital Drive, will focus on diseases such as heart conditions and cancer. James Joye, DO, director of research and education at the hospital's Heart & Vascular Institute, and an inventor, is chief medical officer.

"A strong clinical research program working in tandem with top physicians at a state-of-the-art hospital has long been the vision of the Fogarty Institute for Innovation," says Thomas Fogarty, MD, the Institute's founder and one of the country's foremost physician-inventors. "The Taft Center will be a powerful tool in our ongoing quest to improve and prolong patients' lives through advances in medicine."

A nonprofit organization, the Fogarty Institute mentors, trains and inspires medical innovators. It provides a streamlined path for entrepreneurs working on promising new therapies, helping to propel their ideas from initiation to application. Each year, the Institute handpicks three to five innovators whose devices, therapies or systems show technical and functional merit.

The Institute has a three-pronged approach: cultivation (providing the environment to nurture ideas), validation (streamlining the clinical research process through the resources of the Taft Center) and education (sharing experiences with the broader medical community). Its proven formula provides an excellent path for medical innovators looking for a more efficient alternative to large academic research institutions, where ideas often take longer to come to fruition.

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A Gift From the Heart

Pamela and Edward Taft—pictured here with Thomas Fogarty, MD, founder of the Fogarty Institute—have been local philanthropists since they wed in 2003. Generous donors to El Camino Hospital, the Tafts supported the construction of the new hospital as well as critical new programs such as robotic surgery and palliative care. Pamela serves on the El Camino Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and is active in many of the Foundation’s activities.

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