The Harrington Family
The Harrington family of Hudson, Ohio, became the most generous philanthropic family in the history of University Hospitals on February 28, 2012. With their gift of $50 million to create the innovative Harrington Discovery Institute, the Harringtons’ total giving surpassed $72.6 million.
The Harrington Discovery Institute is a key part of a pioneering, Cleveland-based national initiative to accelerate the transformation of physician-scientists’ medical breakthroughs into life-enhancing and lifesaving new drugs. The institute aligns with a mission-driven for-profit enterprise to form a powerful system for drug development. The Harrington Discovery Institute addresses a major challenge in medicine today: a lack of resources and commitment to new drug development that has created a wide gap, known as the “Valley of Death,” in which promising research stalls. The result has been a serious decline in approved new medicines.
“We are very excited to support what we see as a national model that will bring new drugs to the market to help patients with heart disease, cancer and other health issues,” says Ron Harrington, who along with his wife, Nancy; daughter Jill; and son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Lydia, made these generous gifts to UH. “Our family became humbled students of heart disease after I was diagnosed. During the process, we marveled at how physician-scientists play a pivotal role in advancing discovery, yet face so many obstacles throughout the process.”