Wilcox Family Chair in BioMedicine
MCDB is home to a newly created endowed chair in biomedical research. This endowed chair was made possible by a generous gift of the Wilcox family in support of biomedical and translational research. The inaugural holder of the chair will be Professor Dennis Clegg who is being recognized for his pioneering research in regenerative eye research and for his leadership of the UC Santa Barbara Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering. Professor Clegg is Co-Director of the California Project to Cure Blindness, an effort to develop a stem cell-based therapy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The new chair was established by Sue and Gary Wilcox, both of whom are alumni of UCSB. Gary is currently Chairman and CEO of Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. and is Chairman of ADRx, Inc., companies founded to develop life-saving therapies through the application of leading-edge science. Gary and Sue are active in numerous UCSB boards and activities, among which are the UCSB Board of Trustees, UCSB Alumni Association and Sciences Dean’s Cabinet.