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Gov. Davis taps UC Berkeley to take a leadership role in shaping the technological future

Gov. Gray Davis

Gov. Gray Davis. Peg Skorpinski photo

07 Dec 00 | Gov. Gray Davis announced today that a planned UC Berkeley-affiliated research center will become one of three new California Institutes for Science and Innovation (CISI).

A partnership with UC San Francisco and UC Santa Cruz, the new California Institute for Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3) will tap UC Berkeley scientists' expertise in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and computer science to tackle complex biomedical problems and lead the way to new treatments and cures for disease.

Each institute will be awarded $100 million in state funds over the next four years. The state's funding will be matched two-to-one with non-state dollars, bringing the base total funding to at least $300 million.

Davis devised the CISI programs to spark a new generation of technologies that will be key to California's economy and leadership in the future.

Davis also announced that he intends to seek special funding from the legislature this year for a fourth institute: UC Berkeley's proposed Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), which would bring the power of information to bear on such broad societal needs as transportation, education, emergency preparedness, and health care.

More about QB3 | More about CITRIS

Press conference coverage: slide show | QB3 story | CITRIS story