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Penn announced Wednesday that father-and-son philanthropists Joel and William Smilow have made the largest capital donation to date in the University’s “Making History” fundraising campaign.

The Smilows gave an unspecified amount to support the Perelman School of Medicine’s translational research activities. The gift has been used to name the Smilow Center for Translational Research, as well as to establish the William Smilow Professorship in the field of cardiovascular medicine and the William Smilow Award for Innovation in Clinical Excellence.

The capital donation is one of the largest in Penn Medicine’s history, according to a press release. Capital donations are those that are used primarily for campus buildings and infrastructure.

“The Smilow Center for Translational Research provides a state-of-the-art environment where eminent physicians, researchers and scientists at Penn Medicine will work side-by-side to advance medical science,” Penn President Amy Gutmann said in a statement. “The Smilows are noted for their significant philanthropic works throughout the nation, and Penn is very proud to be recipients of their first gift here in Philadelphia.”

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