Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is a 501 non-profit medical research institute focusing on basic and translational research, with major research programs in cancer, neurodegeneration, diabetes, and infectious, inflammatory, and childhood diseases. The Institute also specializes in stem cell research and drug discovery technologies.
The Institute employs more than 700 scientists and staff at its campus in La Jolla, California. It is recognized for its NCI-designated Cancer Center, its drug discovery center and the Sanford Children’s Health Research Center and its strategic partnerships with the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.
SBP operates an NCI-designated Cancer Center and is ranked in the top 2% of research institutions worldwide by the number of citations. It is also #6 in the nation for the Nature Index of nonprofit/non-government institutions in biomedical science.
Since its inception in 1976, the institution has grown from a small building in West San Diego to a campus in La Jolla including an accredited graduate school with more than 350 postdocs, graduate students and interns mentored per year. Current SBP educational programs serve trainees with professional development programs, postdoctoral scientific training and graduate programs in Biomedical Sciences. The SBP educational system partners with the SBP Science Network, the Office of Education, Training & International Services to cover an array of scientific career and professional development topics.