A gift to SPARK will further our mission to educate, inspire, and support students and faculty in translating their research discoveries into diagnostics and therapeutics to improve human health

The Stanford SPARK program was established ten years ago, with the goal of advancing new biomedical research discoveries into promising new treatments for patients. Since its founding, SPARK has advanced scores of new diagnostics and drugs to the clinic and commercial sectors and educated hundreds of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students on the translational process.

If you would like to make a donation to SPARK, please contact:

Renée LeBlanc
Medical Center Development
3172 Porter Drive, Suite 210
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: (650)725-9689

Or make a donation online:
Please visit Stanford’s online giving website and enter SPARK in “Special Instructions/Other Designation” field:
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“The lessons learned at SPARK weekly meetings and in discussions with SPARK participants and advisors helped me enormously to bridge the knowledge gap between basic and translational science. [SPARK] enabled us to overcome repeated challenges that would have otherwise blocked progress. [SPARK provides] a great team and approach for helping translationally-naive basic science investigators at Stanford be successful at pre-clinical research leading toward the creation of clinically useful therapeutic agents and diagnostic approaches.”

Stan Cohen, Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in the School of Medicine,
Professor of Genetics and of Medicine

“Inclusion in the SPARK program has been a fabulous experience. We have made excellent progress, received NIH funding, published a paper and now have two NIH grants pending and three papers in preparation. The overall scientific advice, mentoring, and team support has been fabulous. In my 18 years as a faculty member, there has been no other connection that has produced so many results for my research program in such a short time.”

Upinder Singh, Professor and Division Chief of Medicine, 
Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine 

“The SPARK program has been extremely beneficial to my program in various ways. It has directly supported scientific projects but more importantly has contributed to the training of myself and trainees in the lab about how to think about moving an idea/project down the translational path.”

Matthew Porteus, Professor of Pediatrics,
Stem Cell Transplantation

“The SPARK program has been fundamentally instrumental in advancing our project to prevent graft-versus-host disease that has resulted in a patent, further funding and the formation of a start-up company that now has therapeutic candidates that are moving towards a clinical trial IND. This would not have been possible without SPARK support.”

Everett Meyer, Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Blood & Marrow Transplantation

“SPARK has been a vital and indispensable force that has fostered our success and that of others. [SPARK provided] guidance on IP protection […] studies required to reach the IND phase [and] project management. The lecture series has been superb. Not only does SPARK provide advice/information and funding, but they are a vital source of personal interconnection as one translates from academia into the commercial realm.”

Ed Bertaccini, Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine,
Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Healthcare System