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Blackstone’s Gray Gives UPenn $55 Million for Cancer Prevention

Jon and Mindy Gray’s gift will fund an institute focused on early detection of breast, ovarian, pancreatic and prostate cancers. 

Mindy and Jon Gray at UPenn, where they met as undergrads.

Mindy and Jon Gray at UPenn, where they met as undergrads.

Courtesy the Grays/Bloomberg

Blackstone Inc.’s Jon Gray and his wife, Mindy, are funding an institute at their alma mater focused on early detection and prevention of breast, ovarian, pancreatic and prostate cancers. 

Their $55 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania creates a spinoff of the Basser Center for BRCA they founded 10 years ago, and brings their total giving to the school to more than $125 million, most of it for science.